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Oak Savannah Restoration


Liz and Jeremy
Bowling Green State University
10 Acres of old Oak Savannah are being restored at the western edge where forest transitions into tall-grass prairie.
The Ross Oak Savannah is an area that contains clusters of large oak trees. Historically, natural fires would have been a dominant force in shaping the ecology of this habitat. In its absence, oaks have suffered from encroachment by competing vegetation. As basswood, buckthorn, and honey-locust trees have grown unchecked, they have prevented re-generation of oak seedlings and other plants that rely on the open, park-like landscapes. Our conservation management plan calls for physical removal of softwood trees, and an attempt for a controlled reversal of plant succession. The first phase of the restoration program is underway and has already allowed several species to recover from the seed bank.

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