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2nd Annual Do No Harm Workshop

2016 Theme: Considerations for the Use of Non-local Species in Ecological Restoration

Our long term objectives are to address a different topic in restoration annually that is both expedient and practicable.  This year we focus on the use of non-local plant materials in restoration activities to:

1) Identify stumbling blocks to achieving ecologically and economically successful restoration of disturbed lands in California.

2) Bring experts, practitioners, suppliers, and policy makers together to develop best management practices to overcome these obstacles.

Who should attend: Land owners, conservation organizations, trusts, agencies and jurisdictions managing open space or rights-of-way, nurseries, seed collectors and distributors, consultants, conservation organizations, researchers, policy makers, and any other active practitioners of restoration and suppliers of restoration materials or services.

Topics covered: Geographical sourcing of reliable ecotypes and species; management of conservation lands and policies constraining management; biogeography and current/future climate considerations for plant material selection, including non-natives; the role of breeding system, genetic structure, and phenotypic plasticity in selecting and sampling plant material populations; inadvertent selection during multiple generation grow-out operations; local/non-local/non-native tolerance to abiotic and biotic stressors in restoration, including resistance to subsequent exposure to invasion by non-desirable species.

This workshop, hosted by University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Davis, and UC Riverside, will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane. For more information, visit

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