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Volcan Mountain Symposium: Importance and Conservation Status of the Eastern Peninsular Ranges

FRIDAY, SOLD OUT... Friday, April 14, 2023, 8 AM to 5 PM
includes lunch, followed by local winery reception 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

SATURDAY, LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE... Saturday, April 15, 2023, 8 AM to 1 PM

Camp Stevens, Julian, California

Registration fee is $30 for Friday, $10 for Saturday, or $40 for both days
Limited to 120 attendees per day

The Volcan Mountain Foundation is pleased to announce the Volcan Mountain Symposium: Importance and Conservation Status of the Eastern Peninsular Ranges, April 14-15, 2023 at Camp Stevens, Julian, California. Expert speakers from the Volcan Mountain Foundation, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, California State University, University of California, USGS, USDA and national and regional partner organizations working in this region will contribute their knowledge at this seminal scientific and educational event.

The symposium aims to provide a synthetic review of the biological, geological and cultural resources that contribute to the importance and conservation value of Volcan Mountain and adjacent ranges as a unique bioregion. Volcan Mountain rises over 5,000 feet as the dominant scenic feature of San Diego's backcountry and is visible from the Pacific coastline 60 miles away. This symposium will further strengthen the need for science, education, conservation and management of these invaluable, unique natural habitats in a rapidly changing environment.

Volcan Mountain is a natural treasure due to its abundance of water, diverse flora and fauna including rare, threatened, and listed species, wildlife movement corridors, aesthetic and scenic values, and its extraordinary cultural and geological values.  In addition, the importance and health effects of immersion in nature on human wellbeing is well documented. In addition, the importance and health effects of immersion in nature on human wellbeing is well documented. 

Climate, fire ecology, habitat and species recovery, and other physical and biological processes have uniquely impacted the botanical, entomological, ornithological, herpetological, and mammalian endemic and invasive assemblages of this region, comprising a valuable flora and fauna of this biogeographical transition zone.

The Volcan Mountain Foundation strives with intention to conserve and acquire land and practice respectful stewardship through education, public outreach, good science and resource management to preserve Volcan Mountain in its natural state for future generations.

Scheduled Speakers:

Friday 8AM to 5PM                      

Megan Jennings, Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management, SDSU

Building a Collaborative, Climate-informed Strategy to Conserve Southern California's Montane Forests

Alexandra Syphard, Conservation Biology Institute and SDSU
Drivers and Consequences of Altered Fire Regimes in Southern California                   

Lori Hargrove and Philip Unitt, Department of Birds and Mammals, San Diego Natural History Museum 
Turnover in the Bird Community of the Cuyamaca Mountains after the Cedar Fire and Quantum Shifts of Species' Ranges.

Richard Halsey, California Chaparral Institute
Iconoclastic Thinkers in the Mountains - How Divergent Spirits Help Us Connect and Preserve Wildness in the Peninsular Ranges of Southern California

Jon Rebman, Department of Botany, San Diego Natural History Museum
Flora of the Sky Islands of San Diego County

Exequiel Ezcurra, University of California, Riverside
Keynote Address

Jessica Sanchez and Winston Vickers, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
An update on recent regional findings on mountain lions.

Michael Lang, University of California, San Diego
Microplastics in the Environment

Saturday 8AM to 1PM                      

Richard Louv, American Author
Volcan Mountain and the Human Right to Nature                      

Chris J. McDonald, University of California, Cooperative Extension
Stopping the Spread: Invasive Plant Species in the Eastern Peninsular Range

Chris J. McDonald, Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann and Janis Gonzales
Stopping the Spread: Invasive Tree Pests in the Eastern Peninsular Range

Arnaldo Ferreira, USDA Forest Service Genetics Program
Seed Resources for Ecological Restoration of Forests in California

Gordon Pratt, University of California, Riverside
Butterflies and Skippers of the Volcan Mountains

Ronald R. Swaisgood, Debra M. Shier, and Talison T. Hammond, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Conservation Breeding and Reintroduction as Recovery Tools for the Mountain Yellow-legged Frog in Southern California

Panel discussions, Moderators: Jonathan Appelbaum and Dr. Cody Petterson

Presenting Partners:
San Diego River Park Foundation
San Dieguito River Park

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

Financial Sponsors:
San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego County Water Authority

Event Co-Chairs:
Valérie Cournoyer and Dr. Michael Lang

Event Committee Members:
Jonathan Appelbaum, Larry Hendrickson, Eric Jones, Dr. Jeff Lincer, Dr. Cody Petterson, Dr. David Rubenson

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