Oak habitats support a high diversity of birds and other wildlife species but are threatened by conifer encroachment, invasive species, and fragmentation. Since 2011, KSON partners have already successfully leveraged over $7.5 million dollars of public and non-federal funding to restore 6,500 acres of oak woodland in southern Oregon and northern California. In 2012, KSON was awarded a DOI Partners in Conservation award for its collaborative conservation work.
In 2020, with the support of a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, KSON finalized its Strategic Conservation Action Plan for oak conservation in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. Strategic conservation planning is a science-based process that helps regional conservation partnerships plan for the future. Why prioritize? Both time and conservation dollars are limited, so identifying the projects that have the most impact is important. Strategic planning helps identify the species, habitats, and places that most need our help, and the conservation actions that are likely to be effective. Ultimately, partnership-based strategic conservation planning is how we can have the most impact at a regional scale for oak habitat conservation.
Science-based maps of oak habitat help us identify priority restoration areas and set specific, measurable goals. The KSON Strategic Action Plan serves as a road map for oak habitat restoration actions across the region for the next 10 years, and enhances our ability to protect and restore oak habitats for birds and other oak-associated animals and plants.
For more information about the KSON Strategic Action Plan, click here to contact the KSON coordinator.