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Posted Fri May 16 2008: from USDA Forest Survey, via ScienceDaily:
Window Of Opportunity For Restoring Oaks Small, New Study Finds
Communities of Oregon white oak were once widespread in the Pacific Northwest's western lowlands, but, today, they are in decline. Fire suppression, conifer and invasive plant encroachment, and land use change have resulted in the loss of as much as 99 percent of the oak communities historically present in some areas of the region.... "In areas where conifers have encroached into oak woodlands and savannas, about two-thirds of the remaining oaks were predicted to die over a 50-year period unless the conifers are removed," said Peter Gould, a research forester and lead author of the report.
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In the slow-motion Conifer vs. Oak deathcage match, the pines are winning.

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