kson logo 72dpi reducedThe Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) is a collaborative regional partnership. Our mission is to conserve oak habitats on private and public lands in southern Oregon and northern California. 


Why Oaks?

Oaks in the Klamath Siskiyou Bioregion…

What makes them so special?

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  • Oak habitats contains a diversity of vegetation types, including woodland, chaparral, and mixed oak/conifer
  • Oak habitats are some of the most biodiverse habitats in southern Oregon and northern California (many endemic plants, and more than 300 vertebrate species)

  • Oak woodlands are an Oregon Conservation Strategy Habitat (ODFW 2006)

  • Oaks provided critical physical and cultural resources for native people

  • Oak are fire-adapted and were maintained using burning as a management tool

  • A mosaic of oak vegetation provides fire resilience to the landscape

  • Oak woodlands have experienced losses up to 33% in California and up to 95% in Oregon

  • Threats include conifer encroachment, oak densification, intense fire, overgrazing, invasive exotic species, development and fragmentation

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The Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network website is hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory.  To return to Klamath Bird Observatory, click here.