"Did the people remember Dr. [Augustine] Henry? Did they know the K'ung-tung (local name of Davidia)? To these and similar questions they pleasantly answered in the affirmative. Would someone guide me to the tree? Certainly!" Recalling E. H. Wilson's search for the dove tree in China in 1899.
Have you read this?
The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks
by Paul S. Johnson, Stephen R. Shifley, Robert Rogers, Daniel C. Dey, and John M. Kabrick
This new, updated third edition of The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks examines the new challenges in sustaining oak forest ecosystems in a changing world. It is essential reading for forest ecologists, silviculturists, environmentalists and wildlife managers.
Oak forests are the result of extensive and frequent disturbances that have occurred over hundreds of years such as exploitative timber harvesting, land clearing for agriculture, recurrent burning, and free-range livestock grazing. These disturbances, perhaps counter-intuitively, have created conditions favorable for sustaining oaks. But today, as those disturbances have largely disappeared and as oak forests have matured, a new problem has arisen: the widespread failure of oaks to regenerate. Oak regeneration failures and other ecological issues have become increasingly problematic under the social and economic constraints of contemporary forest management. Moreover, emerging forces such as climate change now threaten to further alter the ecological dynamics of oak forests in unpredictable ways.
The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks is now available in the library [call number MH 62 J62 2019].