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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


Bumblebee on Cup Plant.  Photo by Adrian Fisher

Reminders about upcoming events:

  • February 10: Green ProAction Cafe sponsored by Green Community Connections.  See below for more information. 
  • March 8, 3-6 pm: Symphony of the Soil film and discussion in conjunction with One Earth Film Festival
  • April: Show Me/Help Me--Members only. Focus on ecologically sensitive spring clean-up.  Volunteer your yard?  Contact
  • May: Living Landscape Conference  (Six workshops in addition to the Keynote presentation by Doug Tallamy) and Native Plant Sale (Details about ordering and new offerings to be released soon)

Monarch Winter Population Update

After a little delay, the Monarch's overwintering population was released this week, and while there was a little bit of an increase, the numbers are still not at a healthy level, a level that would enable them to rebound from bad weather, more loss of habitat, increase in predators, etc. We all need to continue to do our part and plant milkweed (and continue to advocate for increased habitat) and fall nectar sources. Monarchs get a lot of attention because of their charisma, but we know that many, many other creatures are quietly facing the same perils.  

For more information: MonarchWatch

Relevant reading/viewing:

  • How does the famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson answer a young boy's question "What is the meaning of life?":  His answer
  • Recap of Wintersowing Workshop by Deb Quantock McCarey
  • Research you can trust about Tropical Milkweed: Monarch Joint Venture
  • Eco-beneficial's interview with a farmer who does not use ANY pesticides, relying instead on biodiversity: The Farm Between
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