community watershed restoration since 1983

Oak Woodland Enhancement

OWE

The goal of the Oak Woodland Enhance program is to gain a better understanding of the current distribution and ecological status of Oak Woodland/Savanna (OW) ecosystems within the Mattole watershed, preserve existing stands, and implement oak woodland enhancement (OWE) projects to restore historic structure and function

  • Map the historic and current distribution of oak woodlands to assess changes in distribution and regeneration and determine the need for restoration or conservation projects
  • Conduct assessments to develop and prioritize site specific prescriptions
  • Implement projects to restore and enhance historic OW conditions including conifer removal, revegetation, and prescribed fire
  • Monitor sites for project effectiveness
  • Implement projects that protect stands from the spread of Sudden Oak Death (SOD)
  • Monitor and map the spread of SOD through stream bait sampling and on the ground assessments
  • Work with local FRFP Program, Fire Safe Councils, Cal fire, and local fire departments to integrate OWE projects with fuels reduction projects
  • Work with local landowners, NRCS, UC Davis Cooperative Extension, HSU, and other agencies to implement best management practices to support oak regeneration and stand health
  • Monitor and map the spread of SOD through stream bait sampling and on the ground assessments
  • Educate landowners about SOD and the importance of oak woodlands through pamphlets, newsletter articles, the website, and workshops