As Rich said White and Bur oaks are your best choices. Both are very decay
resistant. Both at one time were used in shipbuilding and are still used as
whiskey and wine barrels. Being in a multitrade business with other
tradesmen, I might have some other info. for you. First, I have some concern
for your footings. How high will your fence be? For privacy I'll assume 6'.
This will be an incredible amount of weight. Fencing almost always begins to
decay (no matter which species) at ground level or below. You might be
better off running solid posts all the way down. Your climate is much the
same as mine. Here, I sink posts a minimum of 42" (prefer 48") by at least
8" in diameter with solid concrete all the way. You, I'm sure, know what
frost can do.
Secondly, you do not need to, nor should you paint your wood. If any of it
is green you will only lock moisture in causing rot to begin from within. If
you wish, you can put water sealer on only after the wood has seasoned (Min.
2 yrs.). But I wouldn't. This fence of yours (the only modern solid oak
fence in the state I'm sure) will be around for my great grandchildren to
visit (along with the Ingalls' farmstead).
Hope this helps a little Yours Truly Larry
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