Open Space on Private land along lower San Joaquin River
These are photos of some private lands with thriving Oak woodlands. These groves of old Oak trees are remnants of the Oak forests that used to dominate the Valley alongside the San Joaquin River's floodplain. Over 95% of the river's riparian woodlands have been lost in the last century. Other than the State and federal protected areas, there still remain a few expansive forests on private lands where the floodplains and flood channels made agriculture or development difficult. Let's hope these remain wild in perpetuity.