For over 25 years the University of California has been deeply involved in conducting research and outreach focused on conserving California’s native oaks. Beginning in 1986 UC was a key player in the establishment of the Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program (IHRMP), a statewide Program whose stated goal was to maintain, and where possible, increase acreage of California's hardwood range resources to provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, wood and livestock products, high quality water supply, and aesthetic value.Two other state agencies -- the California Department of Fish and Game and Cal Fire -- were also official collaborators on this Program.
The IHRMP officially ended in 2009, but the University of California Oak Woodland Conservation Workgroup (OWCW) continues to address the basic mission of oak conservation within the UC system. Workgroups are designed to foster collaboration on specific issues across the continuum of academics within UC. They bring together campus-based faculty, specialists and county advisors so that research needs can be identified and research-based information can quickly be delivered to local clientele.
On the left navigation bar are a number of oak-related subject areas that the University is continuing to address. Click on the subject of interest to view brief descriptions of research and educational activities taking place, and links to related materials and web sites.
7th Oak Symposium Available
Download individual papers, or the full volume, of the 7th Oak Symposium. These proceedings have 56 papers in a broad array of subject areas, including: wildlife and oaks; oak ecosystem services; oak restoration; oak conservation, management and utilization; and the gold-spotted oak borer and sudden oak death.
Selected Oak Publications
UC Delivers Information About Oak Woodlands
Listen to a Webinar
All webinar segments were taped for the Oak Webinar Series hosted by UCCE Forest Specialists and Advisors in collaboration with University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. Click below for an overview of the Oak Woodlands in California.