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Why are we studying Red Oak?

Red oak trees play a significant role in the Acadian Forest, providing both food and shelter for a diversity of wildlife.  Monitoring Red oak plots in Kejimkujik over the past few years has shown poor levels of regeneration.  Some of the contributing factors to the disturbance of Red oaks in the Acadian Forest likely include past forestry practices, natural stand succession and suppression of forest fires.  Other contributing factors that may have altered Red oak regeneration and distribution also include browsing by White-tailed deer, acorn predation and stress from defoliators. The purpose of this work is to assess the health of mixed-wood stands containing Red oak and to determine appropriate sites for Red oak regeneration experiments both inside and outside Kejimkujik.  These proposed experiments will help build a better understanding of management techniques to be used in Kejimkujik and other parts of the Acadian Forest region.


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Photo Credits:  Jane Barker 










Photo Credits:  Jane Barker 


2014 Results 


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