Low Tech Options for Growing Oak
Oaks are an important part of eastern hardwood forests and highly valued by landowners for timber production, wildlife food and habitat, and aesthetics. However, management of oaks is fraught with problems and harvesting mistakes or natural events can result in forests lacking enough oak to meet the landowners’ objectives or sustain ecological processes. Generally, the remedies for oak-depauperate stands are expensive and geared for large landowners or public agencies. This seminar addresses small landowners interested in maintaining or increasing the amount of oak in their woodlots, but don’t have the means to implement large-scale oak regeneration treatments. Items to be discussed include the basic silvics of oaks, inventory procedures, oak maintenance techniques, and methods of regenerating oaks via direct seeding and planting.
Patrick Brose, Research Forester, US Forest Service Northern Research Station, Irvine, Pennsylvania