Oak Opening at Riveredge Nature Center.

Origin Date:  2015

Our oak opening is the rarest and most unique system we care for.  Its small acreage is not synonymous with its regional importance as there are only few extant remnants left on the landscape.  Due to this significance we are managing to expand this resource and actively monitor its health.  We have enlisted the help of Lee Olsen, an ethnobotanist, who has kept a detailed plant list of our property since the seventies, as well as forester and wildlife ecologist Jim Uhrinak.  Currently, we have conducted several plant surveys, thinned and milled non-oak canopy trees to add light to the forest floor, and installed a photo survey post.

Partners: Local Plant Ecologist (Lee Olsen), Forester (Jim Uhrinak)