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The Only Weekly Newspaper Serving the Backcountry Communities of Julian, Cuyamaca, Santa Ysabel, Shelter Valley, ML Lagu Ranchita,. Sunshine Summit, Warner Springs and Wynola. Volume 27 - Issue 49 Wednesday July 18, 2012 J, tian, ca. ISSN 1937-8416 County Parks Hosting Talk On Gold Potted Oak Borer Saturday At Heisse Park Do you ever wonder why the surrounding areas of Julian don't seem to be as green as they used to be? Over the last decade we have witnessed drought, fire, pine beetles and now the latest is the Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB). Each of these factors has contributed to what we are seeing today. I have even heard some refer to it as "The perfect storm". I have been a resident of Julian since 2005 and can remember walking thrqugh the forest during the day and not 15eing able to see very much sunlight and forget about seeing stars at night because the tree canopy was just too thick. This was a unique experience that I will never forget. It had a lushness and a thick foliage that you could easily confuse with something that you might find in the Sierra Nevada's. In some parts of Julian we are seeing much of this canopy beginning to .diminish. Over the last decade, fires and pine beetles have impacted much of our conifer forest. We now know that something called a Gold Spotted Oak Borer has taken up residency here in Julian. This beetle does not have a PO Box at our Post Office nor does its house resemble our house. Its home is in our Oak trees. There is much evidence of this insect throughout our community. There is no doubt that drought and fire have stressed some of our trees and have ultimately contributed to the Oaks having a more difficult time with defending itself from these types of insects. Early observations indicate that the GSOB prefers the Coastal Live Oaks Quercus agrifolia and the Black Oaks Q. kelloggii but we are now also finding larvae colonies in the Canyon Live Oaks. Q. chrysolepis. There are many factors that can contribute to Oak tree mortality and the fact that we do experience periods of drought and fire in our community only increases the stress that is put on our trees. The natural defense of a tree when it comes to this type of boring insect is to push the insect out with its sap. When you take into account our drought and fire history, many trees have not been able to produce enough sap to defend themselves from the GSOB. Some signs that an Oak tree may have the GSOB are: Bark staining- red or black areas where sap is oozing from the bark Crown thinning- reduction of foliage (leaves) toward the top or crown of the tree. Small "D" shaped exit holes around the trunk of the tree in the bark. Increased woodpecker damage due to increased larvae concentration in the bark. I think the majority of us feel that towering trees that are 100 , 200 years old are most definitely pleasing to the eye. Certainly magnificent are these trees, but in natures perfect cycle, sometimes the old have to make room for the new. There is no question that when one 0i' thise huge trees is lost, there will be new sunshine giving life to the next generation of the forest. Selfishly, I must admit that I hope my life aligns with the old giants rather than the sprouting acorn. If you would be interested in learning more about the Gold Spotted Oak Borer, on July 21st William Heise Park invites you to attend "The Knowledge is Power GSOB Hour". UCR Entomologist, Vanessa Lopez will lead a presentation and have a Q&A session on the invasive beetle that is threatening California's native Oak trees. The information session will begin at 10:00am and will be located at the William Heise Park amphitheater. We hope to see you there. Summer Is Solar Cooking Time Over a year ago, while at our local library, I saw a book in the New Books section. It was a big book, perhaps twelve by ten, with a large color photo on the cover, and the title, What I Eat, drew my attention immediately. I took it from the shelf, walked over to a nearby table, and became immediately fascinated by the book's subject matter. The exquisite photography was something else, too. Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, the authors, traveled all over the world to record the daily diet of individuals,from distinct cultures. From a yak herder on the Tibetan Plateau to a young college student in Tokyo. From a woman in Africa surviving on 800 continuedonpage 10 Dinner is served- solar style by Greg Courson Summer Reading Programs Continue At Library For All Ages On Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm, Miss Colleen will conduct interactive storytelling and activity with a campfire theme. Let your imagination run wild. Stories and Songs will be about nighttime and camping will be conducted around a campfire. At the end of the "campfire" program, S'mores will be served. Come to the library and to participate in this fun activity, learn something new and share what you know about camping. This activity is for children of all ages. The library is located at 1850 Highway 78, next to the High School. The telephone number is 760-765-0370. Star Shaped Mosaics Artists Extraordinaire, Margo and Marcy from Art Sparklers will be leading a craft for 6th grades and up, adults inciuded, to make Star Shaped Mosaics. This activity will be on Saturday, July 21 at 1:00 pm. This craft complements the nighttime theme for the Summer Reading Program. Each person gets to design their own picture or pattern to fill up the star shape adhere them to make a finished product. All materials for this project will be supplied. We would love to have you join in this activity. Samples of designs will also be available. Join the fun and be creative at the Julian Library. The Julian library is located at 1850 Highway 78, next to the High School. For more information, please call 760-765- 0370. Speaking of Stars... Dennis Mammana, Astronomer, Author, Lecturer and Photographer, is scheduled to speak at the Julian branch library on Tuesday evening, July 31 at 6 pm. For more than three decades, Dennis Mammana has delivered the wonder and mystery of the cosmos to audiences around the world?through his celestial photography, popular astronomy writings, public lectures and courses. Mark your calendar for this wonderful program at the Julian Branch Library. More information will be forthcoming. 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