About California Oak Mortality Task Force

The California Oak Mortality Task Force (COMTF) is a non-profit group working to manage Sudden Oak Death in California. COMTF was formed in August 2000 by merging the efforts of two separate state organizations: The California Forest Pest Council (CFPC) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF). The resulting Task Force is a consensus-driven coalition of research/educational institutions, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private interests. Its primary purpose is to coordinate research, management, monitoring, education, and public policy efforts addressing elevated levels of oak mortality in California resulting from Sudden Oak Death (SOD). As we learn more about P. ramorum, our concern has broadened to include the other diseases it causes.

The Task Force goals are to:

  • Minimize the impact and spread of Phytophthora ramorum on natural, agricultural, and human communities.
  • Coordinate an integrated response by all interested parties to address Phytophthora ramorum.
  • Serve as liaison to local, state, national, and international groups.

Contact List

Browse all contacts below by area of responsibility.

Coordinating Staff

Katie Harrell
Public Information Officer
University of California, Berkeley, Center for Forestry 145 Mulford Hall, #3114 Berkeley, CA 94720-3114 530/344-7530 wk
510/847-5482 cell
530/344-1141 fx
kpalmieri@berkeley.edu
Dan Stark Northern Outreach Coordinator University of California Cooperative Extension 5630 South Broadway Eureka, CA 95503-6999 707/445-7351 stark@ucdavis.edu
Janice Alexander Outreach Coordinator University of California Cooperative Extension 1682 Novato Blvd., Ste 150B Novato, CA 94947-7018 415/473-4204 wk
415/473-4209 fx
jalexander@ucanr.edu

Task Force Chair and Special Advisors

Mark Stanley Chair California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection 530/409-0686 wk markstanley@comcast.net
Tony Linegar Agricultural Commissioner, Sonoma County 133 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 110 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 707/565-2371 wk Sonomaag@sonoma-county.org
Susan Frankel Sudden Oak Death Research Program Manager,USDA-Forest ServicePacific Southwest Research Station Mailing address: P.O. Box 245 Berkeley, CA 94701 510/883-8825 wk
sfrankel@fs.fed.us

Task Force Committees

Education

Katie Harrell University of California, Center for Forestry 145 Mulford Hall, #3114 Berkeley, CA 94720-3114 530/344-7530 wk
510/847-5482 cell
530/344-1141 fx kpalmieri@berkeley.edu
Janice Alexander University of California Cooperative Extension 1682 Novato Blvd., Ste 150B Novato,CA 94947-7018 415/499-4204 wk
415/499-4209 fx jalexander@ucdavis.edu

Management

Chris Lee Forest Pest Specialist, CA Department of Forestry and Fire Protection -Pest Management 118 S Fortuna Blvd
Fortuna, CA 95540
707.726.1254 wk
916.203.0856 cell
christopher.lee@fire.ca.gov

Monitoring

Yana Valachovic Forest Advisor, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties University of California Cooperative Extension 5630 S. Broadway Eureka, CA 95503 707/445-7351 ph
707-444-9334 fx
yvala@ucdavis.edu

Nursery

Karen Suslow Program Manager National Ornamental Research Site at Dominican University in CA, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, CA  94901 530-681-5538    karen.suslow@dominican.edu
Kathy Kosta California Department of Food Agriculture (CDFA) State Plant Pathologist CDFA PHPPS-Pest Exclusion Branch 916/403-6634
kkosta@cdfa.ca.gov

Regulations

Helene Wright (Federal) Plant Health Director, USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) 650 Capital Mall Ste. 6-400 Sacramento, CA 95814 916/930-5500 wk
916/930-5518 fx helene.r.wright@aphis.usda.gov
Nick Condos (State) Branch Chief, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) 1220 N Street Rm A-372 Sacramento, CA 95814 916/654-0312 wk
916/654-0986 fx ncondos@cdfa.ca.gov
Tony Linegar (County) Agricultural Commissioner, Sonoma County 133 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707/565-2371 wk
Sonomaag@sonoma-county.org

Research

Susan Frankel SuddenOak Death Research Program Manager,USDA-Forest ServicePacific Southwest Research Station Mailing address: P.O. Box 245 Berkeley, CA 94701 510/883-8825 wk
sfrankel@fs.fed.us
Dave Rizzo Professor of Plant Pathology Dept. of Plant Biology UC Davis One Shields Ave Davis, CA 95616 530/754-9255
530/754-5674 dmrizzo@ucdavis.edu

Treasurer

Steve Jones Deputy Chief for Forestry Assistance, Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection (retired) sjones.forester@gmail.com

Science Advisors

Matteo Garbelotto Adjunct Professor, Extension SpecialistUC Berkeley 151 Hilgard Hall, #3110 Berkeley, CA 94720-3110 510/643-4282 wk matteog@berkeley.edu
Dave Rizzo Professor of Plant Pathology Dept. of Plant Biology UC Davis One Shields Ave Davis, CA 95616 530/754-9255
530/754-5674 dmrizzo@ucdavis.edu