Urban Forest Insect and Disease Workshop for South Bay Arborists

Target Audience – Arborists in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties

Date: September 30, 2014

Location: Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve; Stanford University, 4001 Sand Hill Road; Woodside, CA 94062.

  • Indoor field session located at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station, Woodside, CA
  • Afternoon field session located at Huddart Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Rd., Woodside, CA

Registration: Click to register online
Registration for this event is now closed! We have reached the maximum number of registrants for this event.

Continuing Education Credits –
DPR Other: 2.5
ISA: 4.5


  • Improve diagnosis and management of urban forest pests
  • Alert arborists to be on the lookout for polyphagous shot hole borer
  • Review diagnosis and management of goldspotted oak borer, sudden oak death, pitch canker, other pests of concern


This training combines indoor and outdoor activities to sharpen insect and disease diagnostic and management skills for arborists working in urban areas of the South Bay.  Arborists are the first line of defense against urban forest invasive species such as the polyphagous shot hole borer, which was recently trapped near Los Gatos and is causing dramatic damage on a broad range of trees in southern California.

This workshop focuses on recognition and management of hardwood and conifer invasive tree pests, such as pitch canker, sudden oak death, and other urban forest health problems.  Attendees will receive up-to-date information on current issues threatening local urban areas and have an opportunity to fine-tune field skills.  Ted Swiecki’s 2013 sudden oak death management guide will also be provided.

Continuing Education Units

ISA and DPR credits will be available.

Workshop Organizers:  California Forest Pest Council; Western Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture; California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Urban Forestry; and USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station and Forest Health Protection.

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Registration –   Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve; Stanford University, 4001 Sand Hill Road; Woodside, CA 94062

9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Indoor Session

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station

9:45 – 9:50      Welcome – Susan Frankel, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station

9:50 – 10:10    Looking for the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer – Steve Seybold, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research

10:15 – 10:35  Practical Realities to Tree Health Care  – Ralph Mize, City of San Jose

10:40 – 10:55 Emerging Invasive Species – Igor Lacan, UCCE, San Francisco Bay Area

11:00 – 11:20  Pitch Canker Diagnosis and Management – Tom Gordon, UC Davis

11:25 – 11:50  Sudden Oak Death Diagnosis and Management – Matteo Garbelotto, UC Berkeley

12:00     Depart for Lunch and Field Session

12:30 – 1:00    Lunch – picnic (provided)

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Field Detection Huddart Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Rd, Woodside

Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer Trapping Demonstration – Tom Coleman, USFS FS, Forest Health Protection, San Bernardino

Pitch Canker – Tom Gordon, UC Davis

Sudden Oak Death Sampling and Symptoms – Matteo Garbelotto, UC Berkeley

Other Local Pests and Concerns – Andrew Sutherland, UCCE Alameda County

Insect and Disease Considerations for Evaluating Hazard Trees – David Chambers, UCCE Santa Cruz County

2:45 – 3:00      Recap, Questions, and Answers – Susan Frankel, USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station

3:00 p.m. – Adjourn

Agenda is subject to change.

For any questions or concerns please contact Katie Palmieri at kpalmieri@berkeley.edu

Leave a Reply