Fire Adapted Oak Landscapes

Well managed oak habitats have the specialized ability to provide unique resources for hundreds of plants and animals while reducing local fire danger. When properly maintained, oak habitats can lower the risk of fire in an area from high to low intensity because the vegetation is more spread out and there are fewer opportunities for fires on the ground to move into the canopy. This page will offer resources for making management decisions and writing plans for the oak habitats on your property.

The plan

Landscape Scale Management Plan – for the oak forests, woodlands and savannas of the South Willamette Valley

This document is a partially completed and fillable management plan template for properties wishing to participate in a coordinated landscape scale restoration effort for the oak forests, woodlands, and savannas of the south Willamette Valley. The information contained within is designed to provide landscape scale context and management guidance about Willamette Valley oak habitats, with tips for plan writers to aid in the creation of a property-specific management plan that may meet the requirements of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).


This video explains the importance of Oak Habitats in the Southern Willamette Valley, and where to get help and resources for writing a management plan with Oak Restoration and fire risk in mind.
This Video is the recording of a workshop for natural resources professionals to describe the importance and use of the management planning tool kit.


Considerations for ongoing understory management practices in oak habitats

Diagnosis table — Douglas-fir, oak and pine

In the Woods: Podcast episode on Oregon White Oak

Managing Fire-Adapted Oak Habitats in the South Willamette Valley – brochure

Oak habitat types

Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana

Species of conservation concern in the Southern Willamette Valley oak and adjacent habitats

Tree School Online: Biology and Management of Oregon White Oak

Where to get help

Natural Resource Conservation Service – General information, plan writing assistance, technical assistance, and financial assistance. Take a look at the project map for Oregon

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Technical assistance, Tax deferral program

Oregon Department of Forestry – Technical assistance, plan writing assistance, financial assistance

Oregon State University Extension Service – General information and educational resources

Soil and Water Conservation Districts – Technical Assistance, Financial assistance

Watershed Councils – Financial assistance, technical assistance

Print Friendly, PDF & Email