MORE WHITE OAKS FOR CALIFORNIA
Your support was used to reverse the loss of one of California’s great native trees, the California white oak. These oaks are a particularly valuable wildlife resource providing many benefits. Their sturdy branches provide nesting areas for a wide variety of birds. The acorns are used by deer and other species as a food source, while the leaves provide cooling shade for fish in streams and creeks. Perhaps most importantly, the white oak’s deep root structure serves to filter precious ground water and helps to stabilize hillsides. Volunteers planted over 1,000 of the great oaks and several thousand willow cuttings along streams that feed into west coast estuaries. The plantings are helping reverse 150 years of degraded riparian buffer zones and wildlife habitat. This is an instance where both fish and wildlife benefited from one project.