Oregon White Oak
Native Oregon White Oak trees (Quercus Garryana) grow in clusters along the edge of the camas meadow and on top of the many rocky knolls and grassy buttes of the area. Oaks and the many native plant species that prefer their company once made up an ecosystem that prevailed historically in central river valleys from Northern California to British Columbia. Oak habitat has since been greatly displaced by farming and development. A valuable wildlife tree, acorns are enjoyed by small mammals, birds and insects and were also at one time gathered by the local tribes. More drought-resistant than the Douglas Fir and other native trees, Oregon White Oak is poised to become an important tree in a future faced with increased drought due to climate change.