We'll take a leisurely hike up the High Peaks trail from the park's west entrance, reach the peak to observe the almost full moon rise and watch for condors coming to roost on the rock outcrops beneath us. Part of the descent will be by moonlight which amazingly provides ample illumination. Last year’s hike did not disappoint as we witnessed several adults and adolescent condors. No guarantees this time, but definite probability!
"The increase in extreme fire risk is expected within the coming decade to exceed that of natural variability and this serves as an indication that anthropogenic climate warming will likely play a significant role in influencing California’s fire season."
At every SERCAL conference, an individual or group is honored for their work furthering the field of ecological restoration. At SERCAL 2017 in Davis, we awarded Vic Claassen and John Anderson.
Board Update, August 2017: Some restructuring, bylaw updating, and more!
From May 10–12, 2017, over 200 conference attendees converged upon the UC Davis Campus to gather for SERCAL's 24th Annual Conference. Thanks to everyone who joined us and contributed their time, energy, and support of Restoration's Finest Annual Gathering!
SERCAL 2017 Poster Presentations
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Restore, monitor, mitigate… Repeat? Adapting Habitat Restoration Projects for Climate Change
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Looking Back at Early Restoration Projects: How have they fared the test of time?
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Stream and Riparian Restoration
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Tidal Habitat Restoration: Practitioners’ Perspectives
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Technology and Innovations: Data Collection, Analysis, & Reporting
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Native Plant & Seed Sources: Challenges and Solutions in Plant Propagation and Seed Collection
This year’s conference theme, “Looking Back, Leaping Forward” was developed to allow all those who are fortunate enough to work in the restoration field to take a moment from the hustle and bustle of moving our profession forward into the future and allow us to reflect on our past work.
This 7.2-mile stretch of riparian habitat is the project area of the San Luis Rey River Flood Risk Management Project. For years, this portion of the San Luis Rey River was overgrown with many invasive non-native plants like giant weed (Arundo donax), salt cedar (Tamarix sp.), and castor bean (Ricinus communis). The high abundance of these exotics diminished the quality of the habitat for the federally listed species and added to the dense vegetation that could lead to the increase of flood risk.
Since its inception in 1944, the Water Authority has aimed to secure a reliable water supply for San Diego County and has incorporated environmental programs and sustainability into its business model. The Water Authority is committed to restoring plant communities that are disturbed or impacted as a result of construction activities, and to conserve natural resources that surround their right-of-way and facilities throughout MTRP.
Introduction to Winter 2016 Ecesis, Volume 26, Issue 4
In 2003, a single PSHB beetle was caught in a CDFA trap in Long Beach. The beetle went unnoticed until 2012 when it was found damaging backyard avocado and urban forest trees in the Los Angeles basin. A rapid monitoring response uncovered the broad host range of the pest-disease complex, but its ability to establish in native vegetation was only gradually recognized.
With the shot hole borer rise within Orange County and, on a larger scale, Southern California, these species are presenting new complications that affect not only the health of the system but also budget constraints associated with the restoration plan.
The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB), an exotic forest pest from Southwest Asia, is causing millions of dollars of damage and devastating native woodlands in California.
Thanks to every single one of our attendees, SERCAL 2016 in Tahoe was a giant success! Here are some of the highlights…