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Saturday: Woodside forum on Sudden Oak Death

 

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A community meeting on the continuing presence of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) in Woodside and Portola Valley is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road in Woodside.

The weekend event, which covers two days of sample collecting, includes instructions on collecting and documenting SOD samples in these communities, according to a flyer announcing the event.

Matteo Garbelotto, an environmental science professor and SOD expert from the University of California, Berkeley, is expected to attend and speak.

The SOD samples go to a lab at UC Berkeley, which will generate a map of affected trees based on microscopic and DNA analysis, and which will expand on maps from collection weekends held in 2008 and 2009.

For more information, go to this link.

Woodside residents with questions should contact Assistant Town Manager Kevin Bryant at 851-6790. Portola Valley residents should contact Planning Manager Leslie Lambert at 851-1700, ext. 212.

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