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Oak Woodland Recovery

Oak
For a century, there has been concern in California that several species of native oaks are not regenerating sufficiently. Poor regeneration not only threatens the oak forests themselves, but also the wildlife that utilize oak resources. It could also impact recreation, water quality and quantity, the state's visual landscape and lead to the spread of noxious weeds.

The Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program (IHRMP) is a statewide Program was established to address this widespread concern for native California oaks. Now the Programs focus is on maintaining and increasing acreage of California's hardwood range resources. These woodlands provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, wood and livestock products, high quality water supply, and aesthetic value.

The Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB) is a recently discovered insect that has been decimating coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) and California black oak (Quercus kelloggii) stands in Southern California, so far exclusively in San Diego County.
There is considerable concern about GSOB, along with other insects and diseases that are currently attacking and causing mortality among the oaks of southern California.

Dead Oaks
Land managers, arborists, foresters and landowners who are responsible for the stewardship of oaks and oak woodlands should be up to date on the latest information about the problems and how to avoid or minimize losses.

Content borrowed from The Oak Woodland Management website.

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Hands-On Acorn Activity
(PDF)
An easy to follow activity illustrating basic acorn planting guidelines including collecting, testing, and storing acorns for planting.