County Manager's Office
October 29, 2002
BOARD MEETING DATE:
November 5, 2002
Honorable Board of Supervisors
Sudden Oak Death Syndrome Legislation and Advocacy
1. Adopt a resolution in support of H.R. 2144 regarding the Sudden Oak Death Syndrome Control Act.
2. Adopt a resolution authorizing the County of San Mateo to join the California Sudden Oak Death Coastal Counties Council in support of funding the fight against Sudden Oak Death.
According to the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, sudden oak death is the name given to an epidemic, first detected in 1995, that affects a variety of oak species. The disease is currently known to exist in the coastal ranges in California, between Big Sur in Monterey County and southern Mendocino County. Sudden oak death has been confirmed in Alameda, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties. While the occurrence and frequency of the disease varies from location to location, it is not known if the geographic distribution of infected trees is associated with climatic variables. The numbers of infected and dead trees are suspected to be in the tens of thousands.
While San Mateo County's Sudden Oak Death infestation is limited, the County is home to considerable agricultural activities (particularly nurseries). The agricultural quarantine of the County has created significant regulatory workloads for the Commissioner and her staff.
Adoption of these resolutions furthers the County's commitments to preserve and provide people access to our natural environment and sows the seeds of our future prosperity and supports Goal #14 to preserve important natural resources through environmental stewardship and Goal #18 to maintain leading-edge industries in San Mateo County.
No fiscal impact. Potential revenue from grants and other federal resources associated with H.R. 2144. Fiscal impact related to participation with the Council can be managed with existing staff resources.