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Title: How to Manage Oak Forests for Acorn Production

Author: Johnson, Paul;

Date: 1994

Source: Technical Brief No. 1. St. Paul, MN. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station.

Publication Series: Technical Bulletin

Description: Oak forests are life support systems for the many animals that live in them. Acorns, a staple product of oaks forests, are eaten by many species of birds and mammals including deer, bear, squirrels, mice, rabbits, foxes, raccoons, grackles, turkey, grouse, quail, blue jays, woodpeckers, and waterfowl. The population and health of wildlife often rise and fall with the cyclic production of acorns. Acorns' importance to wildlife is related to several factors including their widespread occurrence, palatability, nutritiousness, and availability during the critical fall and winter period. It would seem natural, then, that some oak stands and perhaps extensive forests be managed primarily for acorn production. Even though our knowledge of acorn production is incomplete, we have enough information to make reasoned decisions on the management of oak stands for acorn production.

Keywords: Wildlife.

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Johnson, Paul 1994. How to Manage Oak Forests for Acorn Production. Technical Brief No. 1. St. Paul, MN. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station.


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