Black Oak Restoration in Multiple Use Management Projects: A Case Study in California G Hurtado - 2012

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Oaks are a keystone species in California ecosystems that aid in regulating 
ecological processes and support a variety of wildlife species.  There is mounting 
documentation that California oak species are experiencing a lack of recruitment and
declines in populations.  Agencies have responded with restoration projects for oaks; 
some projects, such as those implemented by the U.S. Forest Service, have multiple usemanagement goals, such as timber harvesting, fire fuel reduction, and oak restoration.... I evaluated the response of black oaks at two US Forest Service multiple use projects in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California.  I found that black oak tree and sapling recruitment did not show increases in conifer removal sites over non-conifer removal sites, suggesting that black oaks derived little benefit from multiple use management.


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