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A seminar is planned on Sudden Oak Death among oak trees in Napa County. 

Jorgen Gulliksen/Land Trust of Napa County

A free training session on the prevention and management of Sudden Oak Death will be presented in Napa by the University of California Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory.

The program will be Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Napa County Library, 580 Coombs St.

Volunteers in Napa have participated with the UC Lab in the Sudden Oak Death (SOD)Blitz effort seven years in a row. In previous years, the SOD Blitz has pinpointed SOD at many locations in Napa County.

Dr. Matteo Garbelotto, director of the UC Berkeley Lab, will discuss the results of this years SOD Blitz and provide practical information on Sudden Oak Death disease including:

- How to assess the risk of your trees becoming infected.

- How to recognize the symptoms in oaks and in plants that carry the disease.

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- How and when to apply the material that has proven to be effective in preventing infection, both by the trunk spray method and the trunk injection method.

- Managing California bay laurel trees, the most significant carriers of the disease.

The session is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.