community watershed restoration since 1983

Oak Woodland Enhancement

OWE

The MRC is currently working with the NRCS to help landowners with more than five acres of deciduous oak woodlands qualify for funding to support oak woodland conservation efforts. This funding is a per acre reimbursement that pays landowners back after they have completed forest thinning and tree removal to release deciduous oak trees. The MRC can help landowners qualify for funding by identifying resources of concern on their property, completing a habitat assessment, and making a case for restoration on the property.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, and to see if you qualify, please contact Lisa at 629-3514 or by email at lisa@mattole.org.

Oak Woodland Enhancement

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 ecosystems within the Mattole watershed, preserve existing stands, and implement oak woodland enhancement (OWE) projects to restore historic structure and functioning. Some of the program’s objectives are to:

• Map the historic and current distribution of oak woodlands to assess changes in distribution and regeneration, in order to determine the need for restoration or conservation projects

• Conduct assessments to develop and prioritize site specific prescriptions

• Implement projects to restore and enhance historic oak woodland 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

• Educate landowners about SOD and the importance of oak woodlands through pamphlets, newsletter articles, the website, and workshops

• Work with local Fuels Reduction and Fire Planning program, Fire Safe Councils, Cal Fire, and local fire departments to integrate OWE projects with fuels reduction projects

• Work with local landowners, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), UC Davis Cooperative Extension, Humboldt State University, and other agencies to implement best management practices to support oak regeneration and stand health.

For more information about sudden oak death and what you can do to help slow its spread in the Mattole watershed and elsewhere, please visit http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/ and/or http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/diagnosis-and-management/best-management-practices/ and choose the appropriate guide to inform you.