Deep Dive: Oak Health Workshop

Several oak researchers and educators will present the latest information on a variety of oak-related topics ranging from oak woodland conservation, to sudden oak death, to oaks and fire, to a new pest of valley oak and blue oak. View prerecorded presentations online, then join our live Q&A session to learn what you can do to help protect our native oak woodlands. Access recorded presentations and Q&A session here: Oak Health Workshop April 21, 2020


Kerry Wininger, Sudden Oak Death Program Coordinator, UCCE Sonoma with guests:
• Akif Eskalen, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
• Michael Jones, Forest Advisor, UCCE Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma
• Chris Lee, Forest Health Specialist, Cal Fire
• Ted Swiecki, Cofounder, Phytosphere Research
• Yana Valachovic, Forest Advisor, UCCE Humboldt and Del Norte


Oak woodlands support over 330 animal species and hundreds of plants, fungi, and other organisms, and provide immeasurable cultural, economic, and social value. However, like most natural habitats in California, oak woodlands are vulnerable to a number of challenges and uncertainties. Oak enthusiasts, landowners, natural resource managers, and foresters are invited to join us for a series of virtual talks and a live Q&A session discussing the threats faced by California’s native oak trees and oak woodlands. Talks include conservation of Oregon white oak and California black oak woodlands, sudden oak death and other Phytophthora problems in oaks and tanoak, wildfire in tanoak and Ca black oak, blue oak, and interior live oak woodlands, and a new, non-native beetle threat to valley oaks.

Recorded presentations from several oak specialists will be made available online April 14th at On April 21st at 10:00 AM, we will host a live moderated Q&A session on Zoom.

This event is being held in collaboration with UCCE Sonoma's Sudden Oak Death Program, who is also partnering with us to hold the Sudden Oak Death Blitz events in early May: 


This event is for adults aged 18 and up. No previous experience or knowledge is required.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the Q&A session. We will mute and hide video feeds of all participants, with a chat feature open for questions and comments, so a computer or phone camera is not required.

How to Sign Up

Register at Each participant should register separately. Registration is free but necessary to receive a link to the online resources. Please register by April 13th.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Kerry Wininger
Date & Time Registration Link
Tuesday, April, 21, 2020, 10:00am to 11:30am