I was born in Pin Oak Township, Illinois on the only 7 acres left of a large farm. My mother loved trees. My father said they made him tired to look at, because they would have to be cleared to make farmland. He reminded me of Aldo Leopold saying people from my state were intent on making Illinois safe for soybeans. I took after my mother.
Peter Marshall reports on the project to restore an old plantation of Valonia Oaks in Australia.
My hobby is forestry. I live in Finland, which is usually know for pines, firs and birches. Now I try to plant oaks too.
We have received a request from The Morton Arboretum for acorns of northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis), red oak (Q. rubra), and bur oak (Q. macrocarpa) to support a study on oak wilt.
This year a great number of species are producing acorns for the first time.
Here are two photos of acorns collected at Hackfalls end of April and now germinating.
Across the River Tay from Dunkeld, within easy walking distance, are two oaks with connections to the arts.
Dan Keiser's documentary covering his 20 years of traveling with the International Oak Society, "Quercophiles Abroad", premiered at the 8th International Oak Conference workshops.