CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (November)

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Instructor: Jan Scow

Location: Blaksley Library

Join the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter for their monthly meeting.

7:00pm general announcements
7:30pm talk begins

FREE. No registration required.

This Month

Challenges to native trees in southern California

Arborist Jan Scow will discuss some timely issues that are affecting the future of native trees in the region. This will be an iterative discussion rather than a lecture. There are many issues that affect the future of the native forest including new pests and diseases, governmental mandates, efforts to find “new, better adapted species”, etc. Some possible topics might include invasive shot hole borer, thousand canker disease (walnuts), firewood transport, loss of habitat to development and faulty mitigation, efforts to imagine new species to replace native trees (climate change), or whatever else comes up during our discussion.

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Jan Scow was raised in the Central Valley (Porterville and Bakersfield), and worked there for many years as a nurseryman, landscape contractor, tree pruner, and landscape gardener. During that time, Jan learned a great deal about traditional horticulture in the Central Valley, but little about native plants. In the early 1990’s, Jan moved to LA, got a degree in environmental studies, and began to learn about California natives and native habitat types. In the mid 1990’s, Jan worked for CNPS as the Land Management Analyst and began to establish a practice as a consulting arborist in the Los Angeles area.

Jan’s work as a consultant has involved him in many types of projects including, erosion control and fire risk reduction using native plants, oak tree preservation, and native plant landscape design. Jan has now been doing this type of work for 25 years, and his practice is focused primarily on tree preservation with an emphasis on native oaks.

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