California’s natural bounty has been a marvel for centuries, from the redwood forests to the waters and mountains. During World War II Californians saw one of the state’s natural gems in a new light, its rich array of oaks.
Specifically, cork oak trees. A few Californians had planted cork trees from the Mediterranean up the coast in the late 1800s. Suddenly in the 1940s, those oaks posed a possible solution to a security vulnerability. My research on that story continued last fall during a visit to Davis and Sacramento.
So I’m pleased to have a paper in the gorgeous fall issue of California History, published with California Historical Society and the University of California Press. Many thanks to editor Josh Sides for working to produce a smart, beautiful issue. Check it out here.