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Oak Savanna and Woodland: Using the science of disturbance ecology and silviculture to help restore unique Driftless Area ecosystems

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If you spend much time in the Driftless Area, you probably think about forested hillsides, farmland, and meandering river valleys. And if you have wander into those hills, you have likely seen the dense hardwood forests that dominate this landscape. But the Driftless did not always look like it does today. If you look close you will see remnants of what was once a vast mixture of prairie and park-like oak woodlands. Many of these unique ecosystems were shaped and maintained by fire – a disturbance that was largely stopped in the early 1900s. We will discuss these changes to the Driftless forests and how ecologist, foresters, and landowners can work together to restore unique and important oak ecosystems.

Greg Edge is a Forest Ecologist/Silviculturist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Mr. Edge earned a M.S. in Forest Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.S. in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Mr. Edge has lived and worked in the Driftless Area for over 28 years.

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4-7-2021 6:30 PM

End Date

4-7-2021 7:30 PM

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Apr 7th, 6:30 PM Apr 7th, 7:30 PM

Oak Savanna and Woodland: Using the science of disturbance ecology and silviculture to help restore unique Driftless Area ecosystems

If you spend much time in the Driftless Area, you probably think about forested hillsides, farmland, and meandering river valleys. And if you have wander into those hills, you have likely seen the dense hardwood forests that dominate this landscape. But the Driftless did not always look like it does today. If you look close you will see remnants of what was once a vast mixture of prairie and park-like oak woodlands. Many of these unique ecosystems were shaped and maintained by fire – a disturbance that was largely stopped in the early 1900s. We will discuss these changes to the Driftless forests and how ecologist, foresters, and landowners can work together to restore unique and important oak ecosystems.

Greg Edge is a Forest Ecologist/Silviculturist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Mr. Edge earned a M.S. in Forest Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.S. in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Mr. Edge has lived and worked in the Driftless Area for over 28 years.