Cuyamaca Rancho State Park has some of the highest rates of oak tree mortality due to the invasive gold-spotted oak borer beetle. Funding will support an extensive study examining bird, butterfly, and small mammal populations, as well as oak tree health, and a survey of the invasive pest itself. This research will inform future natural resource management and protection strategies throughout San Diego County and Southern California.
“Having support from California State Parks Foundation is essential for our research. In addition to the generous financial and logistical support, this project would not be possible without the expertise of Park environmental scientists. We are very excited to begin our field work during the spring and summer of 2017.”
- Eric Wood, Assistant Professor of Ecology, California State University, Los Angeles