On this Feature, the original comments of Dr. Mike Baltz.
In this segment, he talks about the importance of letting enough sunlight hit the forest floor to enable young Oak trees to sprout and to reach maturity.
It's also worth noting that many State and Federal Officials are working hard to increase the level of sunlight in the forest, so that the forest remains a healthy mix of trees.
One promising initiative, led by Forester Jody Shimp, is a program called "Let The Sun Shine In". For more information, or, to become involved, you can send an e-mail to Jody: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about this Multi-Agency initiative to keep the southern Illinois forests from reverting to all beech and maple, visit: http://www.prairiestateconservation.org/pscc/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/SavingOaks.pdf