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Pre-Conference Tour - October 13-17, 2015

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Roderick Cameron

Introduction

Prior to the 8th International Oak Society Conference at The Morton, close on 50 IOS members were led on a tree-centered journey through Illinois, winding from St. Louis to Chicago, first dipping into the southern reaches of the state, then advancing up through the “Land of Lincoln,” taking in points of oak interest on the way, and homing in on what we might call, with apologies to Conrad, the heart of oakness: Starhill Forest Arboretum. It was a memorable five-day trip, with the last day taking us to Lisle and the Conference venue, and providing the sort of experience that is typical of our Society: intercourse with nature, opportunities to learn about history, art, science, and local lore, passion for oaks and, of course, convivial company.