Overview and Main Objective

Sustaining the oak resource is of upmost concern to public and private land managers in the Central Hardwood Region of the eastern United States. Oaks are keystone species, but are threatened by natural succession, changes to disturbance regimes, urban development, and lack of critical knowledge for management. Emerging threats such as climate change, exotic invasive species, and economic stressors also pose significant problems for managers. Significant progress has been made in research of oak management since the mid-20th century.

Significant progress has been made in research of oak management since the mid-20th century. In 1992, a symposium, “Oak Regeneration: Serious Problems, Practical Recommendations” was held in Knoxville TN to synthesize the state of the knowledge on problems and opportunities associated with securing oak regeneration in oak dominated forests. In 2002, a symposium, “Upland Oak Ecology Symposium: History, Current Conditions, and Sustainability” was held in Fayetteville, AR to continue technology transfer efforts, and expanded the scope of topics to include oak decline, wildlife ecology, and forest health.

We are hosting a third symposium to continue technology transfer on state-of-the-art management and research for sustainability of the oak resource in the Central Hardwood Region. The symposium will be hosted by the University of Tennessee (UT), Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. The 3 day symposium will include invited speakers and concurrent sessions. Issues addressed will include forest health, emerging economic markets, silviculture for climate change, managing for oak regeneration, oak decline, and prescribed burning in oak forests. A field trip will be offered that showcases collaborative research between the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, the UT Tree Improvement Program, and the Southern Research Station. The steering committee is Stacy Clark (SRS), Wayne Clatterbuck (UT), Dan Dey (NRS), Tom Schuler (NRS), Callie Schweitzer (SRS), and David Todd (TN Division of Forestry).

Due to space constraints, registration will be limited 160 attendees. Please register early to guarantee your space at the meeting!

Continuing Education Credits

The Society of American Foresters will offer Continuing Education Credits for this event. Six hours of credit will be offered for each day of the meeting on October 24th and 25th, and 4 hours of credit will be offered for the field trip on October 26th. Sign-up sheets and certificates of attendance will be provided at the meeting.

The Wildlife Society will offer 13 contact hours for each day of the meeting on October 24th and 25th and 1.5 contact hours for the half day field trip (October 26) in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program. Applicants need to log their completed hours on their Renewal Application Form or their Professional Development Certificate form.