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Oregon Groups Work To Preserve Oak Savannas

Jamie Lusch/Medford Mail Tribune

Our region is home to plenty of magnificent and beautiful natural features.  But not all are equally valuable in the eyes of the beholders. 

Where tall conifer forests inspire, scrubbier and drier lands may not impress as much.  But they are important ecosystems, too... like the oak savannas of the region. 

The Klamath Bird Observatory joined forces with other groups to rehab areas where oaks are the important plant species.  And it makes a difference to the birds, among others.  KBO's Jaime Stephens and Caitlyn Gillespie join us with details.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
April Ehrlich is an editor and reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a news host and reporter at Jefferson Public Radio.