Get Involved

The Early Warning System (EWS) was created to alert for new outbreaks of an invasive insect threatening southern California oaks, the Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB), as well as a range of other damaging pests. To do so, we are asking woodland owners to help monitor the condition of oaks in their areas by reporting new cases of mortality or injury. By taking part in this system, you provide information to scientists and managers about declining oaks in the region. The way to get involved is to become aware of distressed or dead oak trees and look for signs and symptoms of the Goldspotted Oak Borer. Look for canopy decline and exit holes in the bark of the tree and weeping spots on the trunk. Take GPS coordinates of the site where the tree is located and a few of pictures showing signs of infestation or decline. Then, fill out the Tree Health Survey Form online for each tree you locate.  You can upload pictures and the GPS coordinates and submit the information.  Another way you can get involved is getting the word out NOT TO MOVE firewood.

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