Resilience of Oregon white oak to reintroduction of fire

TitleResilience of Oregon white oak to reintroduction of fire
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsNemens, DG
Secondary AuthorsVarner, JM
Tertiary AuthorsDunwiddlie, PW
JournalFire Ecology
KeywordsOregon white oak, technical reports and journal articles

Pacific Northwest USA oak woodlands and savannas are fire-resilient communities dependent on frequent, low-severity fire to maintain their structure and understory species diversity, and to prevent encroachment by fire-sensitive competitors. The re-introduction of fire into degraded ecosystems is viewed as essential to their restoration, yet can be fraught with unintended negative consequences. We examined the response of mature Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana Douglas ex Hook.; Garry oak) to “first entry” woodland restoration burns following long fire-free periods.