A rare habitat exists all around us if only you know where to look. The Oaks We Share guide can help you find it. Oregon white oak savannas and oak forests are historic habitat in our area.
But what is an Oregon white oak, you may ask?
Do you see the large wide trees standing alone in fields, with dark green leaves in summer? In the winter do you see silhouettes of tall trees, branches full of lichen and thick round bunches of mistletoe in the canopy? Have you noticed a giant tree while walking to the grocery store with thick bark full of notches and wide branches calling for a swing?
Oregon white oak are a tree species found across Washington County. They are well-suited to nutrient poor soils and wet riverbanks. Their acorns provide a wealth of energy to wildlife and people. We see them as a tree for the future given their ability to survive alongside fire and drought. The Oaks We Share guide is a two-page brochure available in English and Spanish that you can use to find oaks at parks throughout Washington County. This resources was published December 2023 by Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with the Five Oaks Museum.
Design and illustration provided by Art | Nature | Place.
Find copies of The Oaks We Share guide available at:
- Five Oaks Museum, 17677 NW Springville Rd, Portland, OR 97229. Visit the museum to see the new exhibition Replenish the Root: Six Centuries of Gathering Under the Oaks
- Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, 7175 NE Evergreen Pkwy #400, Hillsboro, OR 97214
Interested in multiple copies of the guide for a classroom, park, or for your own? We can distribute these for use in Washington County. Request copies by emailing email@example.com with the quantity you would like and where they will be used.