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General Technical Report

Title: Proceedings of the sixth California oak symposium: today's challenges, tomorrow's opportunities

Author: Merenlender, Adina; McCreary, Douglas; Purcell, Kathryn L., Tech. eds.

Date: 2008

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-217. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 677 p

Station ID: GTR-PSW-217

Description: The Sixth Oak Symposium provided a forum for current research and outstanding case studies on oak woodland science and sustainability in California. This symposium was the latest in a series of conferences on this subject held every 5 years since 1979. The proceedings from this conference series represent the most comprehensive source of scientific and management information on a wide range of subjects including oak ecology, hardwood rangeland management, oak restoration and conservation, woodland land-use change and planning. The conference was attended by academics, planners, conservation practitioners, foresters, arborists, and people just interested in oaks and oak-woodland conservation. Together we form a community of researchers and practitioners working toward maintaining and restoring California's oak woodlands. The findings reported here recognize: (1) the rich history and current interest that Native American communities have for oaks, (2) the inherent complexity of wildlife relationships with woodland resources, (3) the need for greater understanding of belowground processes, and (4) that the land conservation tools and policies evolving rapidly to protect and restore oak woodlands need to be evaluated. Although progress has been made, continued emphasis on research and extension is required to further California oak conservation.

Keywords: adaptive management, conservation policy, hardwood rangelands, regeneration, restoration, wildlife ecology


Merenlender, Adina; McCreary, Douglas; Purcell, Kathryn L., tech. eds. 2008. Proceedings of the sixth California oak symposium: today's challenges, tomorrow's opportunities. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-217. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 677 p.

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Adina Merenlender, Douglas McCreary, Kathryn L. Purcell, technical editors
Greg Sarris
SESSION 1A – Stewardship and Land Management
Adriana Sulak, Lynn Huntsinger, Sheila Barry, and Larry Forero
Erin Rice, Doug Piirto, Royce Larsen, Bill Tietje, Ryan Cooper, and Ulric Lund
Lynn Huntsinger, Martin Johnson, Monica Stafford, and Jeremy Fried
Lawrence E. Bonner, Norman H. Pillsbury, and Richard P. Thompson
SESSION 2A – Range Ecology
Royce Larsen, LynneDee Althouse, Daniel Meade, and Mark Battany
SESSION 2B – Belowground Processes
Laura M. Suz, María V. Albarracín, and Caroline S. Bledsoe
Jonathan Frank, Seth Barry, Joseph Madden, and Darlene Southworth
Meagan M. Hynes, Robert J. Zasoski, and Caroline S. Bledsoe
SESSION 3A – Planning, Conservation, and Policy
Thomas Scott, Pey-Yi Lee, Kerry Paggett, Ryan Carney, Stan Husted, and Walter Koenig
William Stewart, James Spero, and Shawn Saving
SESSION 3B – Sudden Oak Death I
Brice McPherson, David L. Wood, Sylvia R. Mori, Pavel Svihra, Richard B. Standiford, and N. Maggi Kelly
Brian Anacker, Nathan Rank, Daniel Huberli, Matteo Garbelotto, Sarah Gordon, Rich Whitkus, and Ross Meentemeyer
SESSION 4A – Sudden Oak Death II
Tim De Chant, Maggi Kelly, and Barbara Allen-Diaz
SESSION 4B – Community Ecology
Douglas McCreary, José M. Gr¨nzweig, Yohay Carmel and Curtis H. Flather
Lisa C. Thompson, Jenna L. Voss, Royce E. Larsen, William D. Tietje, Ryan A. Cooper, and Peter B. Moyle
SESSION 5A – Restoration and Regeneration
Douglas McCreary, Bill Tietje, and Bill Frost
Barrett Garrison, Walter D. Koenig, and Johannes M.H. Knops
Walter D. Koenig, Johannes M.H. Knops, and William J. Carmen
Bruce Mahall, Shelly Cole, and Claudia Tyler
SESSION 5B – Birds
Devii Rao, Sasha Gennet, Michele Hammond, Peter Hopkinson, and James Bartolome
Kathryn L. Purcell and Douglas A. Drynan
Mark Reynolds, Thomas Gardali, Matt Merrifield, Robin Hirsch-Jacobsen, Amon Armstrong, David Wood, Julia Smith, Emily Heaton, and Gretchen LeBuhn
Rodney G. Olsen, Kathryn L. Purcell, and David Grubbs
SESSION 6A – Oak Ecology
John J. Battles, Randall D. Jackson, Ayn Shlisky, Barbara Allen-Diaz, and James W. Bartolome
SESSION 6B – Disturbance
Allison L. Bidlack, Adina Merenlender, and Wayne M. Getz
Katherine A. Holmes, Kari E. Veblen, Truman P. Young, and Alison M. Berry
SESSION 7A – Monitoring and Inventory
James Thorne, Jacquelyn Bjorkman, Sarah Thrasher, Ryan Boynton, Rodd Kelsey, and Brian Morgan
Brice A. McPherson, Sylvia R. Mori, Anna O. Conrad, Stephen Opiyo, Pierluigi Bonello, and David L. Wood
Peter Gould, Constance A. Harrington, and David D. Marshall