Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB) has been confirmed to have been recently found in the Idyllwild area of Riverside County by Cal-Fire. Click here to view the Press Release.
(GSOB) has previously been found to be causing significant mortality in three different Oak tree species in San Diego County. This invasive pest was found in San Diego County several years ago, but only recently has it been linked to the death of three common oak tree species. The pest is spread primarily through the movement of infested firewood. Due to the proximity of Riverside County to San Diego County, we are asking for the public's help in preventing further introduction of this pest into our county.
The links below have been provided to help answer questions about GSOB and the serious threat to the oak trees in our county. Information about GSOB will be updated as necessary so please check back frequently.
UC ANR - GSOB Working Group
UC Riverside - Center for Invasive Species
California Forest Pest Council
California Firewood Task Force
Oak Firewood Advisory Flyer
Vendors and Sellers Oak Firewood Advisory Flyer
US Forest Service GSOB Flyer
UC GSOB Pest Note
UC GSOB Field ID Guide
CalFire GSOB Tree Note
USDA FS Pest Alert 2008
NC Times - 2/13/2010
Press Enterprise - 12/24/2009
Idyllwild Town Crier - 9/23/2010
Last Update: 9/21/2011