Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Students in the sixth-grade class at St. John's Preparatory School participated in a service learning project by collecting acorns, on the lands of St. John's Abbey, for oak regeneration purposes.
"Oak regeneration is an important part of the land management plan at St. John's as they are highly valuable for wildlife and for wood products," says Tom Kroll, Abbey Land Manager and Arboretum Director. Acorns are harvested in years they are abundant, grown into seedlings at a nursery and brought back to be planted.
Kroll says, "Keeping oak as a major species is a goal of the Abbey. Without intentional efforts to regenerate oak, it will be replaced by more shade-tolerant maple, basswood and ironwood. All fine species as well, but oak has been such a wonderful component to our local forests, it is important to assure it is plentiful for the next 100 years as it has been for the last century."
The St. John's Abbey Arboretum invites the public to learn more about oak regeneration and what forest stewardship actions we can all take to improve the habitat for oaks and help assure another generation of these magnificent trees. This session, which is part of their Minnesota Natural History Lecture Series, will be held Monday, Oct. 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Science Center at St. John's University.