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Alabama NRCS Announces White Oak Initiative Sign-Up in North Alabama

Release No.: 000007.19

AUBURN, Ala., May 2, 2019 – USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama, Ben Malone, announced a new initiative focused on increasing the number of white oak timber stands in north Alabama. According to the United States Forest Service’s Forest Inventory, white oak regeneration is not keeping pace with the amount of white oak timber being harvested.  If this trend is not reversed, this could cause a shortage of white oak timber available for harvest and for wildlife habitat over the next few decades.White Oak Initiative Map

White oak is an important component of Alabama’s forests due to the high value of the wood for veneer, cooperage (bourbon barrels), flooring, cabinet-making, furniture and exports.  Trees in the white oak family also have low tannins in their acorns and highly favored by many wildlife species.

The goal of the initiative is to increase the amount of white oak timber stands available in the future. This will be accomplished by improving existing stands of timber and replanting white oak on lands that are poorly stocked.  Funding is available both options and eligible producers are encouraged to apply by June 3, 2019 by visiting their local USDA service center.

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