Green Friday programs continue into fall as Chapter seeks volunteer program coordinator

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By Elizabeth Dodge

The Green Friday Speaker series shines directly into your home via zoom! Visit us virtually every second Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m. for lectures on some of the most interesting and important environmental topics of our time. Read more and register (free of charge) via the calendar entries in our activities and events calendar or via the links below. We will then send you instructions on how to join through Zoom. Find out about past Green Friday programs on our YouTube channel.

September 10th – Tales and Trails of the California Mountains

Be inspired by outdoor author Matt Johanson’s presentation, “Tales and Trails of California’s Mountains,” a motivational tour of the adventures of the Golden State. Matt will share photography, history, and personal experiences from his guides, especially his latest work, the California Summits. Expect plenty of beginner-friendly excursion suggestions and advice to increase your enjoyment of the great outdoors, especially when climbing.

Matt Johanson writes about nature for numerous California newspapers and magazines. Matt’s outdoor books include Yosemite Epics, Yosemite Adventures, and Sierra Summits. His latest work, California Summits, takes climbers of all skill levels to 50 accessible mountains across the Golden State.

October 8 – Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore

Julie Phillips will share her expertise in nature-based teaching with an emphasis on the rare tule moose, found only in California and at the center of a controversial plan to shoot it at Point Reyes National Seashore. Julie is studying current Tule elk locations (and comparing these locations to established homeland data from 30 years ago) to better understand the natural history of the Tule elk and the impact of land use patterns and human disturbance on the long-term restoration of the historic Tule elk area .

Julie Phillips holds an MA in Life Sciences from San Jose State University, majoring in wildlife management. She spent seven years studying the habitat use and acclimatization of reintroduced Tule elk in areas across California, including the Mt. Hamilton region of the Diablo Range, the Gabilan Range, the Temblor Range, and the entire Carrizo Plain. Julie published A Citizen’s Guide to Tule Elk in 2013.

November 12th – How Human Influences Increase California Tree Diseases

Matteo Garbelotto will explain how the intersection of climate change, anthropogenic pressures, and emerging diseases poses a major threat to California trees. His talk will examine four types of tree pathogens: invasive exotic pathogens recently introduced into California from other regions of the world; invasive pathogens, exotic and non, long-lived in California that have recently migrated to forests from agricultural or horticultural settings; native pathogens, the effects of which have increased exponentially due to modern forestry practices; and latent pathogens that are becoming aggressive, deadly pathogens as a result of climate change. Together, these four types of pathogens are able to reshape the distribution, composition, and structure of California’s forests within a single generation of humans.

Matteo Garbelotto is a Cooperative Extension Specialist and Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley and Director of the Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory.

Chapter Looking for a New Green Friday Volunteer Program Coordinator!

Are you interested in getting more involved in the Chapter’s activities? Help organize our educational Green Fridays series of speakers every second Friday of the month! The position requires around three hours of work per month Find speakers, coordinate with chapter staff and set up meetings (initially on Zoom), along with participating in the monthly two-hour presentations.

If you want to bring interesting and informative speakers to our members, Please contact Joanne Drabek at [email protected] We’d like to say a big thank you to Elizabeth Dodge for her hard work as our program coordinator over the years! If you have any questions about the position, please contact her at [email protected]

Photo credit: Mother and Calf Tule Elk in Point Reyes by AdititheStargazer via Flickr Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).


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