Understanding and Managing Sudden Oak Death in California

3.5. Restoring SOD-Affected Forests

When developing a restoration plan, start by assessing your planting needs and existing regeneration (see Stand restoration), then set goals and select actions to achieve those goals.  Impacts and needs are likely to vary across the landscape

Although SOD can significantly impact forests within a few years, site restoration may take many decades.  Address critical needs, such as soil stabilization first.  Next plan for a transition to a forest structure that provides a wider set of services and resource values.

In many sites, several methods could be used to achieve specific restoration goal(s).  The pros and cons of various alternatives should be considered before deciding on methods.  Some factors to consider include: