Conifers overtaking oak woodlands habitat; Humboldt ranchers now eligible for conservation program March 19, 2012 California

California Deer Population and Management News Archive


California's oak woodlands and mountain grasslands are losing ground to conifers, which means less habitat ... The increase of conifers, historically maintained by natural fires, is an issue throughout the North Coast and beyond. ... a majority of the oak woodlands are on private land, and about a third of the county's oak woodlands acreage has disappeared since 1850... 
deer and elk eat plants that grow in the woodlands. These plants can't grow in the shade of conifers. Additionally, oaks provide acorns ... 



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