The RCD is excited to announce it will be launching our new website by July 1. The new site will have a calendar, online contact and survey forms, and many more functions.
The RCD of Greater San Diego County has an opening on the seven-person Board of Directors
You may to view the vacancy notice. This vacancy will be a full-term four-year appointment through 11/2016.
GOLDSPOTTED OAK BORER
A threat to Oak Trees and you. Since 2002, an invasive beetle called the goldspotted oak borer (GSOB -‐ Agrilus auroguttatus) has killed approximately 80,000 oak trees in San Diego County. GSOB is not native to California and was previously known to exist only in central Mexico, Guatemala, and southeastern Arizona. It is believed that GSOB was transported into the San Diego area on firewood brought in from Arizona. GSOB continues to spread within the county causing significant tree losses across all ownerships: federal, state, county, and city public lands; tribal lands; public parks and campgrounds; along roads and highways; private campgrounds, ranches, rural and urban residences.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There is no quarantine currently in effect for goldspotted oak borer or laws prohibiting the movement of infested wood as there is for other exotic pests. However, there are several ways you can help keep GSOB from spreading.
- Don't move or support movement of GSOB-infested wood.
- Stay informed. Sign up for the GSOB e-mail list on the website (www.gsob.org) for current news and information related to GSOB.
- Let others know about
GSOB and it's threat.
- Report suspected GSOB infestation through the online survey form at www.gsob.org.
- Join the Early Warning System (EWS), a volunteer citizen-scientist program to monitor oak tree health.
- Check the Goldspotted Oak Borer website regularly (www.gsob.org) to learn more and access a variety of resources.
You have the power to save trees.
What You Can Do
Don't risk starting a new infestation of an invasive insect or disease.
You have the power to save trees.
Don't take firewood with you on your camping trip, RV adventure, or up to your hunting camp. Don't bring firewood back from your second home to your place in the suburbs. Don't bring it with you on your scout's camping trip. Instead, buy it where you'll burn it.
You can still have a roaring campfire, or a cozy night in front of the fireplace, if you just know how to burn safe.
- Buy firewood near where you will burn it- that means the wood was cut within 50 miles of where you'll have your fire
- Wood that looks clean and healthy can still have tiny insect eggs, or microscopic fungi spores, that will start a new and deadly infestation. Always leave it at home, even if you think the firewood looks fine.
- Aged or seasoned wood is still not safe. Just because it is dry doesn't mean that bugs can't crawl onto it!
- Tell your friends not to bring wood with them- everyone needs to know that they should not move firewood.
CLICK ON THE DON'T MOVE FIREWOOD LOGO ABOVE OR VISIT WWW.DONTMOVEFIREWOOD.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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San Diego Regional School Garden Resource Center
People depend on soil, water, air, plants, and animals to survive. These natural resources are the source of our food, shelter, clothing, and recreation.
The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego County provides technical, financial, and educational assistance to help both rural and urban communities conserve, protect, and restore these natural resources.
What the RCD Provides
RCD services are wide and varied to meet the diverse needs of the county’s residents, agencies, and businesses. The RCD provides soil and water conservation assistance to landowners, homeowners, growers, ranchers, schools, environmental organizations, government agencies, and consultants.
A partial list of available programs and information follows:
- The RCD, in partnership with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), may provide land users access to technical assistance for conservation practices such as irrigation and water management, erosion and flood control, waste management, and habitat restoration.
- Information is available to land users on erosion control, fire protection, water saving practices, and pollution prevention. Information is also available about the RCD’s Fire Safe Council programs including community fire safe councils and fuel reduction programs. See www.firesafesdcounty.org for information on programs and volunteer opportunities in your community.
- The RCD manages the Tijuana River Valley Community Garden in partnership with the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation. One hundred thirty-six plots are leased to local gardeners.
- The RCD provides access to technical assistance for government agencies for conservation practices such as stormwater runoff, erosion and flood control, and habitat restoration.