Re-oaking the Valley
Oaks are a big part of Napa’s heritage and identity. Our goal is to protect this legacy for future generations by helping ensure that new seedlings get established in areas that have been deforested (sometimes over a hundred years ago). Thanks in part to eager landowners, opportunities for re-oaking abound. RCD partners with Friends of the Napa River in programs that add oaks to our valleys. By 2018, our goal is to plant 5000 oaks through the Acorns to Oaks program and Community Planting Days and track the success of the planting with volunteers from our Oak Monitoring Team.
View the Oak Planting Map to see where we’ve planted so far!
- Acorns to Oaks connects students with oak woodlands. Students get outside to learn about oaks, plant acorns, and care for oak seedlings.
- Community Oak Volunteer Days in fall and spring are an opportunity for anyone in the community to plant and take care of new oak trees.
- Oak Monitoring Team is a volunteer crew that tracks plantings and give seedlings the help they need to survive the first few years.
- Kit for Teachers offers resources for those that wish to teach about oaks and lead acorn plantings
- Reoaking in the Bay Area Region is inspired and guided by historical ecology research spearheaded by the San Francisco Estuary Institute. Learn about Napa River Historical Ecology here.
Help us meet our goal:
- Plant oaks on your land or offer your land for our school or community plantings. Contact us if you want to learn more about this option.
- Make a donation to Re-Oaking the Valley today!
RCD’s re-oaking efforts are funded in part by the California Coastal Conservancy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Friends of the Napa River.