Oak Keepers Celebrates 10 Years!
TLC’s Oak Keeper program has gone through some changes since its inception, but the good work of the Oak Keepers continues.
The first year (2008) included classroom training followed by surveys of privately owned oak woodlands. (Oak Keepers Greg Raksky and Linda Burkart)
In 2008 volunteers were trained to conduct surveys of privately owned woodlands in order to assess the condition of the county’s oak woods.
In 2009 – 2012 Oak Keepers surveyed hundreds of woodlands. Along the way, the county’s first swamp white oak was documented. (Oak Keeper Susan Tauck)
Since 2015, Oak Keepers have been attending a series of workshops and have been receiving hands-on instruction on how to restore and care for oak woodlands.
Thank you to all of the people who have taken part in the program. Many oaks have been saved by their work over the past 10 years. It takes a community of volunteers and landowners working together to ensure that our precious oak ecosystems will be here for generations to enjoy.
The 2016 class of Oak Keepers pose beneath an oak tree after a workshop.
Learn more about becoming an oak keeper.