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Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition$
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Michael Barbour

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249554

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249554.001.0001

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Oak Woodlands and Forests

Oak Woodlands and Forests

(p.313) TWELVE Oak Woodlands and Forests
Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Barbara Allen-Diaz

Richard Standiford

Randall D. Jackson

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the distribution of oak woodlands and forests in California, focusing on the eight major tree oak species. The five major oak species occurring in the oak woodland include the deciduous white oak species, blue oak, valley oak, and Engelmann oak; and the evergreen oaks, coast live oak and interior live oak. Three species of oak are found primarily in oak forests where tree oak and conifer species coexist. These species are California black oak (Quercus kelloggii), Oregon white oak, and canyon live oak (Quercus chrysolepis). The chapter also discusses the spatial and temporal aspects of oak woodland sustainability, and ecosystem processes such as grazing, forage production, soil processes, and nutrient cycling, and also addresses conservation and restoration issues such as fire regimes and exotic pathogens, considering areas for future research.

Keywords:   oak woodlands, oak, white oak, blue oak, valley oak, Engelmann oak, California black oak, Oregon white oak, canyon live oak

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