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A Midpeninsula Open Space for the Ages: Among the Ancient Oaks on Russian Ridge

November 09, 2015 by Kathleen M. Wong

Perched atop the windward western side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Russian Ridge offers spellbinding views and a grove of monumental, centuries-old oaks.

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Killer Plant Pathogen Is Widespread at SFPUC’s Alameda County and Peninsula Restoration Sites

July 16, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Phytophthora tentaculata, a new and particularly pernicious strain of dangerous plant pathogens that has been on a federal watch list, was found throughout one of the SFPUC's restoration sites in central Alameda County.


Native Plant Nurseries Get Ahead of Dangerous Pathogens

June 29, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Perhaps the biggest contribution to the fight against phytophthora has been a call to action in the restoration nursery trade.

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Drought Brings Right Conditions to Stem Sudden Oak Death

November 11, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The California drought is bad for most species, including the fungal pathogen that kills oaks.


Redwoods normally buck fires, except when Sudden Oak Death is around

September 24, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Researchers find that redwood forests suffering from Sudden Oak Death burn with greater intensity.


Blitzers Search for SOD

March 08, 2012 by Sue Rosenthal

A project out of UC Berkeley recruits citizen scientists to help track the spread of sudden oak death. They do it every spring, and the more people take part, the better the chance we can protect precious oaks from a deadly pathogen.

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With Rain Comes Life, and Death

December 02, 2009 by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

After three years of drought, the forecast for a wet El Nino winter this year is welcome news indeed. Unless you're an oak or tanoak tree. Researchers fear a wet year could mean an epidemic spread of sudden oak death (SOD). But a new preventive treatment and easy precautions could help contain the disease.

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Sudden Oak Death Blitz

April 01, 2009 by Aleta George

The deadly plant disease known as sudden oak death (SOD) has spread to 14 coastal counties, and according to UC ...

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The Rock in the Redwoods

January 01, 2007 by Carolyn Strange

Take a hike to a scene of otherworldly geology, hidden away in this Peninsula preserve's forests of tanoak, Douglas-fir, and second-growth redwood.