February 15 Program: Historic Oak Propagation Project and Morton Arboretum's Oak Recovery Project
Presenters: Kathryn Jonas and Lindsay Darling
Why are oaks so important? Why are there all these baby oaks in the village all of the sudden? What is the connection between the tree and the name of our village? What is the status of the Application for Arboretum Designation? Come and find out the answers to these questions at our next meeting with two esteemed local experts.
When: February 15, 2015, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Where: Room 259, The Priory, Dominican University, 7200 W Division St., River Forest, IL
Kathryn Jonas is a certified arborist/municipal specialist, an Openlands TreeKeeper, and Master Gardener. Kathryn served for 6 years on the Oak Park Forestry Commission, advocating for tree species diversity, native tree plantings and a tree preservation ordinance to protect Oak Park's heritage oak trees. As a TreeKeeper, she co-founded with resident Julie Samuels the Historic Oak Propagation Project ("HOPP"), a collaboration between the Morton Arboretum and Openlands to regenerate Oak Park's native oak trees. Kathryn is currently working with a group of residents to advocate for official Arboretum Designation of publicly owned trees throughout the Village and Park District.
Lindsay Darling is a research assistant at The Morton Arboretum. Lindsay received her master’s degree in plant biology and conservation from Northwestern University and The Chicago Botanic Garden. She is primarily interested in urban ecology and climate change adaptation. Her work focuses on collaborating with natural resource managers, municipalities and other stakeholders to create more productive, healthy and resilient urban ecosystems.
Green ProAction Cafe--Tuesday February 10
Green Community Connections will host its first ProAction Cafe, a series of gatherings intended to increase dialogue and create action by residents and community organizations that focus on resilience and sustainability. West Cook Wild Ones is a partnering organization, and one of the topics is our wildlife corridor. Come and share your thoughts, ideas, and passion about improving our region's biodiversity with others for whom this may be a new idea. There will be other related topics, such as using natural lawn care to help clean the DesPlaines river, maximizing our forest assets, creating a healthy, sustainable food policy, our health and its connection to our environment, and many more.
Oak Park Main Library, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:15pm-9pm
Click for more information and to RSVP: Green Community Connections