This is an encouraging sight: a sprouting oak previously dying under a canopy of Douglas-fir and tanoak.  Oregon white oak is known for its ability to sprout following fire or cutting. This is similar to redwoods and tanoak, where dormant buds on the trunk and root collar sprout following disturbance. I think this tree was ‘high-stumped’ like this after its top got knocked out while logging fir. Indeed, this opening was not intended as a ‘restoration’ and was created by pot growers about 10 years ago. But it shows the resilience of the species. Most restoration efforts are focusing on stands where encroachment is still relatively minor and the existing trees can be saved. If we can achieve high sprouting success in stands where the trees are not savable, but still have living root systems, we may be able to strike deeper into encroached woodlands.





One comment

  1. I love my White Oaks on my Kneeland place, but so slow growing. The deer hammer the seedlings, they never get a chance without protection. I’ve planted a few English White Oaks, they grow much faster, got them from Jonsteen’s nursery in McKinleyville. My thought is as the S.O.D. inevitably kills out most or all the Tan Oak, some Oak needs to fill the niche (wildlife, mast (acorns…). This concept might stir some debate, non native…


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