The Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund and a group of nonprofit partners have produced two short films aimed at spreading the word about oak conservation and helping private landowners recognize the significance of these mighty oaks so that this tree will continue to represent our state, our history and our heritage

The films were filmed on locations in Yamhill and Marion Counties in the fall of 2015.

Oregon white oak and the oak community are one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the entire United States. More than 95% of the oak habitat is gone, compared to 150 years ago, making it important to protect these trees now.

Once the dominant habitat tree in the Willamette Valley, the Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) was managed for food by generations of Native Americans. Oak habitat also provides food and habitat for approximately 250 native wildlife species.

Today the amount of space is for these trees is greatly diminished, threatened by population growth, land conversion, and encroachment of other vegetation due to lack of fire management.

View the films below and spread the word about the importance of preserving these wonderful trees!

 

Oregon\’s Oak A Vanishing Legacy

 

Oregon\’s Oak Caretakers in Time