Relevè: MacKerricher State Park Pudding Creek Headlands Photo: Renee Pasquinelli
Affecting Mendocino and other Northern California Coastal Counties
For those that are curious here is the link to the CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Online. The link leads to an overview of How to Read the Alliance and Other Descriptions and well worth the look to get a picture of how the Alliance system is setup and functions. Most of the state has been surveyed with the exception of the Northern Coastal areas which is why the data generated by the following projects is important to creating the Alliances and Associations for Northern California Coast.
DKY Chapter volunteers Teresa Sholars, Renee Pasquinelli, Mario Abreu and Jim Gibson along with Terra Fuller from State Parks are taking part in this years surveys which began at Glass Beach Headlands where four Relevés surveys have been conducted. A Rapid Assessment survey was done at the northern end of Jug Handle (Pine Beach access) in the Pinus contorta ssp. contorta forest. More to follow as the season progresses. -Webmaster
2021 Locations: (so far) Glass Beach, Jug Handle (Pine Beach Area North of Jefferson Way), Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, MacKerricher State Park (Lake Cleone), Jackson Demonstration State Forest (Mushroom Corners & the August 13th burn area west of Road 408 adjacent to the Zieimer Regeneration Unit)
Jug Handle Rapid Assessment Team: Mario Abreu, Renee Pasquinelli, Lupine, Teresa Sholars, Jim Gibson (not pictured) at the headlands at the northern section of Jug Handle (Pine Beach Access)
- Photo Credit - Jim Gibson
Glass Beach Relevé - Lupine, Teresa Sholars, Jim Gibson, Renee Pasquinelli, Mario Abreu (not pictured) -Photo Credit: Mario Abreu
Jackson Demonstration State Forest - Mushroom Corners RA - Renee Pasquinelli, Jim Gibson, Dave Hartesveldt, Mario Abreu, Teresa Sholars, Lupine, Stevie Jean -Photo Credit: Jim Gibson
Jackson Demonstration State Forest - August 13,2021 Burn Incident - Rapid Assessment Post Burn Monitoring
Photo credits: Mario Abreu
Teresa and Mario measuring tree and burn height
Photo credits Jim Gibson
2020 Locations: Navarro Point, Mendocino Headlands, Russian Gulch, Glass Beach, Pudding Creek to Laguna Point
In 2020 DKY volunteers began by continuing Relevés from 2019 in building Veg-maps and Alliances along the coastal bluffs of the Mendocino Coastline. Participants - included Teresa Sholars, Renee Pasquinelli, Peter Warner, Alexis LaFever‐Jackson, Terra Fuller (State Parks),and Jim Gibson. The first 2020 Relevé began with Glass Beach where we were joined by Jennifer Buck‐Diaz (Vegetation Ecologist with CNPS) and other CNPS interns including Alexis LaFever‐Jackson for an Introduction to the Collector App for sending our location data and other info to CNPS's ArcGIS Data base and a refresher on relevé protocols. Great start that day in March just the day before the statewide COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Lock down put us on standby for two months. Once we were allowed to resume, COVID-19 health protocols were observed in the field and our work began anew.
“The four areas of support being developed for the coalition are:
1) Research and advocacy updates (available at californiaoaks.org).
2) Information to educate and engage the public.
3) Tools for participating in planning processes and educating opinion leaders.
4) Materials to inform local, regional, and state governmental agencies of the
opportunities for and benefits of protecting oak woodlands...”
‐ OAKS [California Oaks Newsletter FALL/WINTER 2019/2020]