"Why arent enough young white oaks surviving?
"Many factors are influencing each other," Kipp explains. "These include climate change, insect pests, diseases, and historical land practices."
"A decline in white oaks not only will impact wildlife, such as deer, turkeys, songbirds, and butterflies, but also many industries, including furniture makers and alcohol producers (white oak is the preferred wood for wine and whiskey barrels).
--"White Oak Decline" April 2022 Missouri Conservationist