Weeds or Wilds?  Protecting Orange County‚Äôs Wildlands from Emergent Invasive Plants

Speakers: Jutta Burger and Ron Vanderhoff

Date: January 19, 2017 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)

Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)

Santa Maria feverfew, Australian fireweed, Canary Island St. John's Wort and Bitou bush are not new exotic drinks at Starbucks, but some of the newest and most destructive weeds from around the world, and they have now arrived in Orange County and threaten our native plants.

We know that other than development, the greatest threat to our local native plant communities is invasive plant species shouldering their way into our native ecosystems. What can be done to stop the spread of these wildland bullies? OC CNPS is hard at work coordinating the detection and eradication of these aggressive new "emergent invasives".

Invasive Plant Committee Co-chairs Jutta Burger and Rob Vanderhoff will share weedy stories, highlight successes, and acknowledge local heroes in an entertaining and informative presentation so that we can keep Orange County wild. Illustrated and colorful invasive Plant Profile packets will be distributed to all attendees.

Jutta Burger

Dr. Jutta Burger is Managing Director and head of Science and Stewardship at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. She has over twelve years of experience working on conservation issues in Southern California Mediterranean ecosystems that she applies to regional collaboration, planning, and leadership. She also maintains research associate positions at both UC Riverside and UC Irvine and is currently serving as President of the California Invasive Plant Council and as a director of the Orange County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Ron Vanderhoff

Ron Vanderhoff is a local native plant expert. With Jutta, he is co-chair of the OC CNPS Emergent Invasive Plant Program, is currently reviewing candidate species for the CA Invasive Plant Council, is a participant in the PlantRight program and is the principal OC CNPS contact for new invasive reports and plant status data. He is a member of our chapter's Board of Directors and the chair of the chapter's field trip program.