A group of trees (genus Quercus) of the beech family (Fagaceae) distinctive for the production of acorns.
The second growth forest around Star Lake has a substantial quantity of oak trees, and they sustain a mighty squirrel population. Virtually all of the oak in the region sprouted in the 20th century, so the area in not blessed with the "mighty oaks" often talked about in other regions.
Over time, residents of the area have been aware of great shifts in the quantity of acorns produced from year to year. A "mighty oak" of the kind not found in the northwoods can produce 10,000 acorns in a season; ours much less. Seasons with virtually not acorns are not unusual either--and both represent natural variation. (Flighty Oaks)Charles P. ForbesFebruary 20, 2010
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