Oak woodlands are oak-dominated forests with a tree density of more than 20 trees per acre. The trees’ crowns are close, but do not touch, allowing a dappled matrix of sunlight to the forest floor. Fire in woodlands is less frequent than in savannas, which accounts for the greater density of trees and woody plants.
In the understory you can find woody species such as witch hazel and serviceberry, and herbaceous species like wild geranium, Dutchman’s breeches and wintergreen. Cooper’s hawks, scarlet tanagers and wild turkey are just a few of the birds that make oak woodlands their home.