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Excerpt from Oaks of Pacific Slope
Forests of oak extend thus into the naturally treeless western por tion of the Mississippi Valley, reclothing the prairies and the partial deserts, welcomed and protected by the settlers. The kind of oaks that survive most in forests of many species is not, generally, the most valuable, - the white oak group, - but the coarse-grained, usually worth less black oaks. And this is accounted for very readily; the bitter, astringent qualities of the acorns of the black oaks are left by swine, squirrels, and birds alike, to germinate, while they hunt industriously for the sweet, nutritious acorns of the white oaks.
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