fire ecology tending the wild

Sudden Oak Death — Sudden Oak Life

The following clips are from Dr. Lee Klinger’s talk in Pt. Reyes in Fall 2007. His basic theory on Sudden Oak Death is holistic, taking into account the overall health of the forest. In contrast, the funded researchers are exclusively focused on Phytophtra ramorum as the cause — the disease model. Beyond this, their research is completely founded on the idea that Phytophtra ramorum (Sudden Oak Death) is a recently introduced invasive disease. Klinger believes that the disease was already here, and that the reason the trees are more susceptible to it is acidification, forest decline, and nutrional deficiencies (caused predominantly by the cessation of Native land management practices.)

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