Oaks in the Klamath Siskiyou Bioregion…
What makes them so special?
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