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Oak Restoration

Restoring Oak Woodlands in Bidwell Park

Oak woodlands are valuable wildlife habitat and a major draw for community recreation.  Unfortunately, only about a third of California’s oak woodlands remain, and in Butte County both Valley and Blue Oaks are not regenerating adequately to ensure ecological survival. Intensive agriculture, woodcutting, and development are the main causes for the loss, and browsing and invasive plant species have been identified as inhibitors to regeneration.

Help Water Young Oaks in the Park!

Join us for the final summer watering season of this program. Volunteers will meet each Sunday morning at North Rim Trail Parking Lot in Upper Bidwell Park at 9 am. Watering will take place weekly from July to October 2020 to ensure our most recently planted oaks can withstand the hot and dry summer months. If you have questions about Sunday waterings, please give us a call at the BEC Office, (530) 891-6424.

Projects like these, that plant trees and encourage help from the community, can restore habitats and highlight the value of oaks for individuals.  The fact that 80% of California’s hardwood rangelands are privately held and only about 4% of California’s remaining woodlands are protected makes this project and location unique and critically important.  The work plan was developed based on the feedback from numerous local stakeholders and experts who have experience with oak planting efforts, from publications by the California Oaks Foundation, by reviewing documents including the Butte County Oak Woodlands Management Plan and the Bidwell Park Master Management Plan, and through interviews with Magic Inc. Releaf in Palo Alto. 

This project is generously supported by The California Wildlife Foundation, an organization committed to protect the rich diversity of wildlife species in California.  They have also recently extended our funding, which means we will be nurturing Upper Bidwell Park's oak woodlands at least until 2021! 

Thank to our funder, partners, and sponsors!



Interactive Map of the Oak Restoration Program


A group of our amazing volunteers ready for watering! Volunteers after caging an oak seedling.

2017 Fall Oak Seedling Stats

Reports on Program by Year:

Spring 2019 Oak Restoration Progress Report

Spring 2018 Oak Resoration Progress Report

Spring 2017 Oak Restoration Progress Report

Spring 2016 Oak Restoration Progress Report

Spring 2015 Oak Restoration Progress Report