The Future of Oak Forests

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Oaks are in decline throughout the Northeast because many of our forestlands lack the young oaks needed for successful regeneration. When mature oaks are lost through harvest, age, or disturbance, they are often replaced by other tree species.

Discover how absence of fire, proliferation of deer, shade-tolerant maples, logging practices, and climate change threaten oak regeneration. Explore the importance of oaks to wildlife and how land use practices set the stage for oak declines.

Through an interactive panel, gain firsthand knowledge about how private forest owners and land managers can make a difference.

*Qualifies for three hours of Continuing Forestry Education credits from the Society of American Foresters.

**May also qualify towards three hours of New York State required municipal training credits.

Co-sponsored by: Dutchess Land Conservancy, Great Mountain Forest, New York Forest Owners Association and Oblong Land Conservancy.

Additional support for the forum provided by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Forum Presenters

Joshua Ginsberg, President, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

The Deep Roots of the Oak Regeneration Problem
Charles Canham, Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Acorns and Habitat: Oaks Support a Diversity of Forest Wildlife
Mike Fargione, Field Research and Outdoor Programs Manager, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Oak Stewardship: A Panel on Best Management Practices 
Jody Bronson, Forest Manager, Great Mountain Forest

Anne Osborn, Consulting Forester and Director, Lower Hudson Chapter, New York State Forest Owners Association

Jeff Wiegert, Regional Forester, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 3

Bill Schuster, Executive Director, Black Rock Forest Consortium 


Additional optional activities

Cary Institute grounds (registration full)
Led by Mike Fargione. Focus on how land use shapes oak forests, oak-dependent wildlife, and deer management for oak regeneration. 

Great Mountain Forest, CT (registration full)

Led by Jody Bronson and Charlie Canham. View harvests conducted over the past 25 years, illustrating different approaches to oak forest management. 

Note: Participants will need to provide their own transportation to/from Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, CT (45 minutes from the Cary Institute).


Cary Institute auditorium
2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44)
Millbrook, NY

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343

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