16th Annual Central California Invasive Weeds Symposium

Looking Forward:Setting Goals in the Face of Climate Change

November 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at California State University Monterey Bay, Seaside, California.


Includes refreshments, lunch, continuing education units and field trips!

General = $50 (late registration $65)*
Student = $25*
*Small processing fee applies for Eventbrite registration.
Volunteer exchange for registration available

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Keynote Address: 

"Conservation in a Changing World: Visualizing the Future"
David Ackerly, University of California, Berkeley


Bruce Delgado, BLM
Paul Robins, Monterey County Resource Conservation District
Mark Heath, Shelterbelt Builders 
Portia Halbert, California State Parks


Continental Breakfast
Mexican Buffet with vegetarian options
Afternoon field trip snacks 

Please remember to bring your own refillable water bottle.

Department of Pesticide Regulation Laws and Regulations Presentations

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. One unit Laws and Regulations Credit

Juan De Dios Villarino, California State Parks

A look into California State Parks Weeds Crew pesticide program and tips for achieving pesticide regulation compliance. Topics include mixing, storing, transportation and safe application of herbicides, and personal protective equipment.

Chris Hauser, Santa Lucia Conservancy

"Preserving Native Plant Diversity During Herbicide Applications"- A discussion on several methods for increasing selectivity of herbicides. Important information from the labels of several selective herbicides, as well as various application methods and other treatment factors.

Field Trips

One field trip option will be included in your registration.
The Laws and Regulations session is only compatible with the Fort Ord field trip.
Transportation to and from field trips will be provided. 
Note:  Restrooms may not be available on field trips.

Fort Ord National Monument (after DPR Laws and Regs Session) 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Participants will be led on a field trip across the backcountry of Fort Ord National Monument with Bureau of Land Management Botanist Bruce Delgado. Stops will be made to address the following:
• The successful collaboration between BLM and the U.S. Army to control jubata and iceplant within the old range areas where work is currently underway to remove munitions and explosives of concern. This is a rare opportunity to visit this portion of Fort Ord National Monument and hear about the work that has been accomplished from Bill Collins- BRAC Environmental Coordinator, Department of the Army, Bart Kowalski-Wildlife Biologist, Chenega supporting BRAC, and Susan Hubbard-Weed Crew Supervisor, BLM’s Fort Ord National Monument/Hollister Field Office.
• An up close look at 2000 goats and discussion of sheep and goat grazing for weed management in coastal grasslands
• Weed abatement through habitat restoration, fire ecology of weeds and rare plants in maritime chaparral, hemlock, bull thistle, and black mustard abatement
• A unique and ambitious 10 year volunteer plant inventory project by California Native Plant Society “agent” and BLM volunteer David Styer.

Manzanita Park and Molera Treatment Wetland 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Manzanita Park: Walk through Manzanita Park and learn about a decade-long volunteer based project to improve the habitat of a 500 acre North Monterey County Park by removing jubata grass, yellow starthistle, french broom, and eucalyptus. In addition to removing weeds, the social implications of the work, environmental education, citizenship, and stewardship play an equally important role. Hosted by Sally Childs, Friends of Manzanita County Park

Molera Treatment Wetland Weed Management: The Molera treatment wetland was established in 2005 by researchers from CSUMB, MLML, and the Monterey County RCD. The wetland helps to test effectiveness of reducing pollutants of agricultural runoff. In 2009, berms were planted with California bulrush and over the years over 3,000 plants have been installed to help combat invasive species. Mustards, poisonous hemlock, radish and bristly ox tongue are the invasive species seen at this site. Successional growth of invasive has been observed and mananged mechanically with brush cutting. In 2014, all berms are now covered by natives with sparse invasive individuals. 

Glen Deven Ranch, Big Sur and San Jose Canyon, Point Lobos Ranch 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Glen Deven Ranch, Big Sur: The Big Sur Land Trust (BSLT) is embarking on the third phase of a five-year project to remove 20 acres of dense eucalyptus forest and restore it with native vegetation on their 860-acre Glen Deven Ranch in northern Big Sur. The outcomes of the project include coastal scrub habitat restoration in the Palo Colorado Creek Watershed, restoration and enhancement of the redwoods in the Garrapata Creek watershed, and elimination of a huge wildfire hazard. BSLT is also confident this project can be used as a model by public agencies to engage other private landowners for restoring redwood habitat on their lands. Guided by BSLT Director of Land Stewardship, Jeff Powers.

Point Lobos Ranch: At this field trip stop we will visit San Jose Canyon, inland from Monastery Beach and part of the Point Lobos Ranch property. San Jose Creek is habitat for steelhead and California red-legged frogs, and the coastal scrub in the canyon is Smith’s blue butterfly habitat. Roughly 15 acres of both the riparian area and the coastal scrub are infested with cape ivy. State Parks has chosen to concentrate its efforts on the coastal scrub, because of concern that Smith’s blue butterfly habitat might be eliminated if the cape ivy was left unchecked. California State Parks Environmental Scientist Amy Palkovic will discuss a variety of control efforts that have occurred there over the past three years.

Event Map and Directions available on Eventbrite Webpage

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Bureau of Land Management-Fort Ord
Chuck Haugen Conservation Fund
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
California Native Plant Society- Santa Cruz County 
Resource Conservation District of Monterey County

Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
Burleson Consulting
California Conservation Corps
California Native Plant Society, Monterey County
California State Parks
Central Coast Wilds
Denise Duffy & Associates, Inc.
Dow Agrosciences, LLC
Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
LandWatch Monterey County
Monterey County Regional Parks District
Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
Santa Lucia Conservancy
Target Specialty Products
UC Natural Reserve System, Santa CruzWatsonville Wetlands Watch

Brought to you by the Monterey County Weed Management Area.
For information please contact Christina McGinnis at mcginnisce@co.monterey.ca.us or (831) 759-7384.