The organizing committee of this Symposium is pleased to invite the submission of abstracts for poster presentations. The poster presentation session will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 24th, and will include a reception with beverages and refreshments. We welcome posters that provide information on any aspect of oak management, ecology, and applied science.

    Poster abstracts will be accepted until July 15th, 2017 and authors will receive a decision on acceptance of their poster by August 15th, 2017. Abstracts will appear in the program and in any resulting proceeding’s publication. Abstracts should be 250 words or less and should include the goal(s) of the project and include research results. Abstracts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document attachment to stacyclark@fs.fed.us using the subject heading ‘Poster abstract submission for 2017 Oak Symposium’. Save the attachment as the corresponding author’s first name followed by an underscore and the first two words of the title (e.g., Clark_Artificial regeneration). Abstracts should follow formatting in the sample abstract below. The corresponding author should include their contact information (phone number and email address) following their affiliation.


    Sample Abstract for Submission to 2017 Oak Symposium

    Artificial regeneration of upland oaks (Quercus): new considerations of an old question

    Stacy L. Clark, Scott E. Schlarbaum, Arnold M. Saxton, Barbara Crane, Allen Houston, and Ron Myers

    Research Forester (SLC), Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service,865-974-0932, stacyclark@fs.fed.us; Professor, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, The University of Tennessee; Professor (AMS), Department of Animal Science, The University of Tennessee; Regional Geneticist (BC), Southern Region, USDA Forest Service; Research Professor (AH), Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, The University of Tennesse; Forest Management Branch Head (RM), North Carolina Forest Service

    Abstract--Oaks (Quercus) are ecological keystone species and are the most important economic component of timber markets in much of eastern North America. These species have been difficult to naturally regenerate despite decades of research and management. Most recommendations for artificial oak regeneration (e.g., planting) were derived from research on relatively low-quality sites where species composition are predictably more favorable for certain species of oak. However, artificial regeneration has been largely unsuccessful as site quality increases or where deer herbivory is significant. We are currently developing and testing recommendations for artificial regeneration on post-harvest sites with moderate to high productivity. We will examine key factors expected to improve success of artificial regeneration, such as maintaining a genetically diverse seed source that is locally adapted, genetic improvement of seedlings, using advanced nursery technology, and implementing silvicultural treatments in the initial and intermediate stages of stand development. These considerations, individually, are not novel, but have been rarely integrated in a single approach, and as a composite, lack the rigorous testing and refinements required to ensure a satisfactory degree of predictability and success for artificial oak regeneration on higher quality sites. In addition, we are conducting research on methods to remove bias associated with seedling deployment in commonly used experimental designs. We are also testing new morphological seedling characteristics and operational methods to help identify and select high-quality seedlings that are practical to field managers.