Passof, et al. 1985. Preliminary Guidelines for Managing California’s Hardwood Rangelands. Cooperative Extension, UC, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 92 pp.
The Preliminary Guidelines (excerpt below) stressed to the owner and manager of oak woodland the value of keeping your options open when cutting trees for range improvement or for firewood, both being issues of concern in 1985. Said another way, if you are a land manager, be prudent when removing trees for perhaps only short-term economic gain when more may be gained in the longer term if the trees are retained, perhaps for their wildlife, property, and aesthetic values. The booklet discusses your options under different scenarios of tree species and tree density. In general, the information is still relevant.
As more research-based information became available, the Preliminary Guidelines were replaced in 1996 by Guidelines for Managing California’s Hardwood Rangeland. The Guidelines is both an update of the Preliminary Guidelines and it is much more comprehensive in depth and range of topics covered.
Standiford, R. (Technical Coordinator). 1996. Guidelines for Managing California’s Hardwood Rangelands. P. Tinnin, Ed. UC IHRMP, CDFG, California Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection. UC, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 173 pp.
Available for download.
Table of Contents
Part I – The Hardwood Rangeland Resource
Chapter 1 – Setting Goals for Hardwood Rangeland Management
Chapter 2 – Oaks and Habitats of Hardwood Rangelands
Chapter 3 – Resource Assessment and General Hardwood Rangeland Values
Chapter 4 – Oak Woodland Wildlife Ecology, Native Plants, and Habitat Relationships
Part II – Hardwood Rangeland Management
Chapter 5 – Livestock and Grazing Management
Chapter 6 – Developing Recreational Sources of Income from Oak Woodlands
Chapter 7 – Open Space and Private Land Solutions to Hardwood Conservation
Chapter 8 – Resource Evaluation for Forest Products
Part Ill – Sustaining Hardwood Rangelands
Chapter 9 – Sustainable Management of Hardwood Rangelands: Regeneration and
Stand Structure Considerations
Chapter 10 – Fire in California’s Hardwood Rangelands
Chapter 11 – Erosion Control
Appendix A- Vertebrate Wildlife Species and Habitat Associations
Appendix B – Sensitive Plant Species on Hardwood Rangelands
Appendix C – Sources of Assistance
Appendix D – References
Appendix E – Glossary of Terms