Acorns are Sprouting! Update from the Resilient Restoration Project Team

This past fall, Resilient Restoration project researchers Dr. Lluvia Flores-Renteria and Dr. Megan Jennings, from San Diego State University, met with the Climate Science Alliance’s Tribal Working Group to discuss an identified Resilient Restoration project priority: the research of an ecologically and culturally significant species - Oaks. Learn how the project has progressed, and see the research in action on today’s blog!



This past fall, Resilient Restoration project researchers Dr. Lluvia Flores-Renteria and Dr. Megan Jennings, from San Diego State University, met with the Climate Science Alliance’s Tribal Working Group to discuss an identified Resilient Restoration project priority: the research of an ecologically and culturally significant species - Oaks.


Lluvia and Megan provided a presentation followed by lengthy discussion and advice from the TWG members that can help better understand the diversity of oak species and how some species might be resilient to extreme events associated with a changing climate. In addition, the group discussed how this information can be used to better protect oaks now and in the future to advance the Workgroup’s shared goals.


With permission and guidance from several partnering Tribes, Lluvia and Megan were able to gather acorns from several locations across Southern California. Since then, the acorns are growing in the greenhouse and will help us better understand response to drought and other climatic variables and will be returned to their homelands after the project is completed.


The Resilient Restoration project, funded by the California Strategic Growth Council's Climate Change Research Program, is a collaborative effort of the Climate Science Alliance's Tribal Working Group, University of California Riverside, and San Diego State University. The goal of the Resilient Restoration project is to promote Tribal resilience by developing knowledge and supporting actions that enhance persistence of cultural practices with a focus on preserving the ecosystems and species that are integral to Tribal communities.


View the incredible work being done behind-the-scenes for the Resilient Restoration project and the acorn seedlings below:


Photos by Dr. Lluvia Flores-Renteria

 
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