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Oak Savanna Restoration in the Midwest

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Published on December 11, 2008

Author: kmgordi

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This presentation explains what an Oak Savanna is, why it is important, and how to restore them.
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Restoring Oak Savannas in the Midwest By Kat Gordinier

What is an Oak Savanna? Large Oaks Bur and White oaks Diverse Understory Grasses Sedges Wildflowers

Large Oaks

Bur and White oaks

Diverse Understory

Grasses

Sedges

Wildflowers

Where Were Oak Savannas? Endemic throughout the Midwest Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas 10% of Iowa’s Native Habitat

Endemic throughout the Midwest

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas

10% of Iowa’s Native Habitat

Oak Savanna Native Species Bur Oaks Fire Dependant Big & Little Bluestem White Oak

Bur Oaks

Fire Dependant

Big & Little Bluestem

White Oak

Native Species cont. Purple Milkweed Jack-in-the-Pulpit Bottle Brush Grass Virginia Wild Rye Bobwhite Quail Turkey American Goldfinch Bobcats

Purple Milkweed

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Bottle Brush Grass

Virginia Wild Rye

Bobwhite Quail

Turkey

American Goldfinch

Bobcats

Restoring Savanna 1 st Identify Former Savanna Open Grown Oaks

1 st Identify Former Savanna

Open Grown Oaks

2 nd Remove Invasive Trees

2 nd Remove Invasive Trees

3 rd Remove Invasive Brush

3 rd Remove Invasive Brush

4 th Prescribed Burn

4 th Prescribed Burn

5 th Monitor Burn Land Annually Fall Hand Plant 4-6 years Treat with Herbicide Burn Annually Plant a Savanna Mix 10-12 years If land hasn’t been grazed… If land has been grazed…

Burn Land Annually

Fall

Hand Plant

4-6 years

Treat with Herbicide

Burn Annually

Plant a Savanna Mix

10-12 years

Works Cited McGovern, Molly. “Iowa’s Oak Savannas: Rekindling a Relationship.” Iowa Natural Heritage . Summer 2003 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Oak Savanna Communities . Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin – Ecosystem Management Planning Handbook . Withgott, Jay and Scott Brennan. Environment: the Science Behind the Stories . Savanna Oak Foundation, Inc. “Oak Savanna.” S. Chaplin “Upper Midwest Forest-Savanna Transition.” WWF Fall Report .

McGovern, Molly. “Iowa’s Oak Savannas: Rekindling a Relationship.” Iowa Natural Heritage . Summer 2003

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Oak Savanna Communities . Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin – Ecosystem Management Planning Handbook .

Withgott, Jay and Scott Brennan. Environment: the Science Behind the Stories .

Savanna Oak Foundation, Inc. “Oak Savanna.”

S. Chaplin “Upper Midwest Forest-Savanna Transition.” WWF Fall Report .

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