Oak Wilt Research Underway in Oak Savanna Park
Oak Savanna Park offers a large expanse of protected bur oak barrens and savanna for recreational enjoyment, one of the few remaining sections of biome that once dominated large portions of the state. This area is usually made up of prairie grasses and non-woody vegetation in the understory and oak trees that are dispersed throughout, which provides a variety of habitat opportunities for numerous plant and wildlife species. As land-use practices have changed over the past centuries, 99% of the original oak savanna range has been lost through the expansion of agricultural lands, residential areas, and fire suppression practices. Conservation efforts and research in these remaining areas have increased to combat invasive species and disease that continue to threaten the ecosystem’s long-term health.