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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Projects: Oak Savannahs

Oak Ecosystem Restoration

Virtually all oak savannahs in the eastern U.S. have either been converted for agricultural production, or have succeeded into closed canopy forests through fire exclusion and incompatible silviculture production. Currently, restoration of early successional communities within the eastern hardwood forests is recognized as one of the highest priorities for conservation of birds. A multi-state project has been initiated to document restoration benefits in terms of forest health, wildfire-risk reduction, oak regeneration, native grassland restoration, rare and endemic plant conservation, songbird conservation, and native community conservation. This project also seeks to identify the most cost-effective and efficient ways to create such habitats.

At each site, two replicates of the experiment will be installed with six treatments in a completely randomized block design. The treatments will be: control (no canopy removal, no prescribed fire), light canopy removal-dormant season burning, light canopy removal-growing season burning, heavy canopy removal-dormant season burning, heavy canopy removal-growing season burning, and no canopy removal-growing season burning.

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oak ecosystem restoration project