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.
Well, another rotation around the sun. I found myself very busy with life this year and could not find the time to post as much as I have in the past. Who knows what this new year will bring?! Happy New year to all my readers and may you find yourself in the beautiful, surprising and seldom traveled nooks and crannies of the world! Cheers~