Surgical procedure for Sudden Oak Death

22 02 2018

Yesterday I worked on several coast live oak trees on a property here in Big Sur, where  some of the oaks have been infected with a stem canker infection, probably Sudden Oak Death. The incidence of Sudden Oak Death had increased dramatically here in Big Sur, likely a result of the previous (2017) winter’s extreme wetness. In fact, five severely infected oaks were removed from this same property the previous day. The owner has decide on a new course of action and has employed my services, which involve fire mimicry treatments to his oaks. In addition to these treatments, I performed several surgical procedures to remove the stem canker infections. Here are a series of photos from one such procedure.

Surgery prep

Infection prior to surgery, with disinfected tools and tarps to collect infected tissue.

Surgery 1

Removing stem canker infection with axe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Announcing “Sudden Oak Life: The Science & Practice of Forest Restoration”, a training course sponsored by Gaia University

14 02 2018

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Please let me share with you an important announcement! As you may know for over 10 years I have been working with a committed group of people to heal sick trees using a technique called fire mimicry, which is based on traditional approaches to land and tree care by indigenous peoples. Thankfully, our efforts have resulted in a rapid and strong recovery of many hundreds of oaks and other trees, as documented here at the Sudden Oak Life website (www.suddenoaklife.org).

Still, there are countless more trees that need our help, requiring more practitioners who are called to heal these trees. Through the years I have been encouraged to establish a training program for new professionals to implement this work over wider areas. Well, that day has come.

I’m pleased to announce the establishment of my course “Sudden Oak Life: The Science and Practice of Forest Restoration” sponsored by Gaia University, beginning March 21, 2018. This course is designed to give folks the knowledge and skills to establish or expand their own practice of tending and healing trees. Details and registration can be found here: http://gaiauniversity.org/sol/

The course consists of both an online portion (March 21 – June 11, 2018) and a 5-day hands-on practicum (Oct. 15 – 19, 2018), which will be held in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains in the Central California coastal ecosystem.

Whether or not you are personally interested in this course I would greatly appreciate your efforts to share this post with your nature-minded friends.

Many Kind Thanks,

Lee Klinger, Big Sur, CA

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