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News Releases 2014

"Visualizing Sudden Oak Death" Interactive Online Conference

For Immediate Release: Feb 06, 2014

Contact: Walita Kay Williams, PSW Research Station Public Affairs,; (510) 559-6367

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—"Visualizing Sudden Oak Death," will be held online from February 10 – 21, 2014. Media, professionals, and the public are invited to participate in the E-Conference and "see" the effects Sudden Oak Death (SOD) is having on millions of trees in susceptible forests. Through the eyes of experts and artists over the two-week event, participants can learn about the status of SOD from videos, images, an informative webinar, a Google+ Hangout discussion, and a SOD forum. There will also be a SOD-Interpretation art gallery, the fourth Art of Saving Oaks art show, and more.

What: Visualizing Sudden Oak Death E-Conference
When: Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 21, 2014
Cost: FREE

Forest pathologists from Oregon, California, and the UK will review the progress and challenges faced in containing Phytophthora ramorum (the invasive, exotic quarantine plant pathogen that causes SOD) during the hour-long webinar, and the Google+ Hangout will offer an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts who will be discussing audience-generated questions.

The online forum will provide an opportunity for participants to review keynote addresses on the thought-provoking topics of "Treatments in Challenging Terrain," "The Origins of P. ramorum," "Plant Imports and Global Trade," and “Sanitation and Mitigation” and to post comments, generating further discussion.

The fourth "Art of Saving Oaks" art exhibit will be available online throughout the two week event and will feature landscape and interpretive pieces from nine Bay Area artists, including botanical art and photographs of oak habitats threatened by SOD. The first "Art of Saving Oaks" was held in 2002 in Sausalito, with additional shows in Woodside (2003) and Santa Cruz (2004).

The show uses art to educate and inspire people about SOD, which has killed over 3 million trees in 14 coastal California counties since its discovery in 2000.

The conference is presented by the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station and the California Oak Mortality Task Force.

For more information on the e-conference or P. ramorum and SOD, contact Susan Frankel at (510) 559-6472 or

Headquartered in Albany, Calif., the Pacific Southwest Research Station develops and communicates science needed to sustain forest ecosystems and other benefits to society. It has research facilities in California, Hawaii and the U.S.–affiliated Pacific Islands. For more information, visit


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