For thousands of years humans lived in collaboration with the oak woodlands. The Tongva and Chumash, native cultures of what now makes up L.A. County, once actively managed the oaks to attain a higher yield of acorns. On average, people ate three pounds of acorns per day, making the trees an essential food source. Oak woodlands were so vital that they were passed down through family lineages. But beyond their intrinsic value to human survival, oak trees also proved to be an ecological keystone species, supporting thousands of native plants, more than five hundred species of invertebrates and hundreds of vertebrates.
For the first time since 1980, Los Angeles County is revising its general development plan in order to not only save but increase areas of oak woodlands. Read more from the Topanga Messenger: Oak Woodlands Conservation Management Plan