Euphorbia terracina PSA and Brochure
Principal: Christy Brigham (Santa Monica Mts. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area)

We have created four humorous and informative public service announcements about terracina spurge. These public service announcements will soon be shown throughout Malibu, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and the Santa Monica Mountains area. In addition, we have created a public information brochure highlighting the dangers of terracina spurge and appropriate treatment methods. This brochure was mailed to over 2500 homeowners in the Santa Monica and Palos Verdes area.

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Los Angeles Regional Invasive Plant Guide
Principal: Carolyn Martus (California Native Plant Society)

In cooperation with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Los Angeles and San Diego Chapters, WMA partners developed an online plant guide and matrix for Los Angeles County. This tool is specifically geared toward educating landscape professionals on the selection, cultivation, management, and use of non-native and invasive plants when used in landscaping projects near the wildland-urban interface (WUI). With permission from the San Diego ASLA, we adopted their invasive guide and applicable plant profiles as a template for our own. Each plant profile details a plant’s invasiveness, known locations around the County, and references to other sites/publications that give further in-depth descriptions. Local land managers were interviewed to determine what species and localities are included in the Los Angeles matrix.



Fire-Safe Landscapes Guidebook and Calendar
Principals: Sabrina Drill (UC Cooperative Extension - LA); Drew Ready (Council for Watershed Health)

Guidelines were developed for creating and maintaining fire-safe, environmentally-friendly landscapes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) that minimize the use of and spread of invasive plants. These guidelines were then fused into a user-friendly guidebook and calendar for 2008, 2009, and 2010. The intended audience focuses on residents living within the WUI of the greater Los Angeles region. The language used in the guidebook is relatively region specific but can be applied to other parts of Southern California. Approximately 12,200 calendars were printed and sent to residents in the WUI of Los Angeles County. Four “Fire-Safe” landscaping seminars were also given around the Los Angeles region where calendars were distributed. We received additional funding to print another 25,000 calendars for the Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valley WUI residents at the beginning of 2009 and the calendar template was used for a Ventura County version.



Terrible Ten Wildland Weeds of Southern California
Principal: Drew Ready (Council for Watershed Health)

An 18”x24” Wildland Weeds Poster was created for the Southern California region. This poster was designed to be placed in park kiosks and ranger stations as well as bulletin boards at nature centers, visitor and community centers, nurseries, public libraries, maintenance yards, etc. Thirteen invasive plant taxa were determined by a subcommittee of the LA County Weed Management Area. The project team then narrowed the plant list down to ten species for the final poster layout. Detailed color illustrations of the plants are also made publicly available for other non-profits and agencies to use in their own program materials.



Wallet-Sized WeedWatch Cards
Principal: Drew Ready (Council for Watershed Health)

Based on the concept of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch card, a wallet-sized invasive plant education Weed Watch card was developed for residents of Southern California. Plant lists on the card reflect those invasive plants that are most commonly found in nurseries or are still in gardens and under cultivation but no longer commercially available (i.e. Cape ivy). Plant lists were developed based on select criteria determined by a subcommittee of the Los Angeles County Weed Management Area and the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC). English and Spanish versions were produced. The initial run of 20,000 cards (all English) has been distributed to stakeholders, partners, and concerned citizens. An additional 100,000 cards (75,000 English, 25,000 Spanish) have been printed for continued distribution.



 
 

In addition to on-the-ground control and eradication projects, the WMA has had a portion of funding dedicated to outreach and planning. This includes developing educational brochures, pamphlets, and presentations for homeowners and land managers. Planning projects have focused on mapping to this point.

For further information, please contact the project's principal investigator.
   
   
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