Pathogen Poses Threat to Habitat Restoration and Open Space Projects in California

By Isaac Swanson, Tanner Harris, and Kari Dupler Phytophthora is a water-borne fungus transmitted through contact with infected soil, water, or leaves. Some Phytophthora species are relatively innocuous, but others–like Phytophthora ramorum, the cause of Sudden Oak Death–can be deadly to woody shrubs and trees and even to some grass and marsh species native to … Continue Reading »

Latest Ecesis Newsletter Features WRA’s Expertise in Restoration Technology

The latest edition of Ecesis, the newsletter of the California Society for Ecological Restoration, features an article by WRA’s Geoff Smick and Sundaran Gillespie. The article focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and their growing use in modeling, mapping, and monitoring vegetation for restoration projects. Click here to read the full article (see page 10). Contact Geoff Smick for questions about … Continue Reading »

WRA Botanist Joins Plant Pathogen Working Group

Tanner Harris, Senior Biologist at WRA, has joined a committee of restoration practitioners that is part of the “Working Group for Phytophthoras in Native Plant Habitats”. Phytopthora, which means “plant destroyer”, is a large group of fungus-like water molds that can cause severe dieback in natural plant populations. Perhaps the most well-known Phytophthora species is … Continue Reading »