Propagating Oak Park's historic oaks

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

A local group devoted to saving historic oak trees in Oak Park celebrated the ongoing effort last Friday by planting a seedling from a 300-year-old local tree.

Openlands West Suburban Treekeepers, in partnership with Morton Arboretum, inaugurated its "Historic Oaks Propagation Project" on Friday by planting an acorn from the "Bur Oak Witness Tree," an oak estimated to be three centuries old, which served as a landmark in pre-European settlement days.

Local volunteers collected hundreds of acorns from local bur oaks (quercus macrocarpa) in the fall of 2008, according to a press release, and planted them at Morton Arboretum. Now that the saplings have grown, they're being brought back to Oak Park to be replanted. The trees are available for adoption by the public.

The propagation project started as a way to "preserve and regenerate" Oak Park's "historic" oak trees. For more information on adopting an oak, call Kathryn Jonas at 312-203-9880 or email Or visit

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Tom Benson from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 2:50 PM

Where is this Bur Oak Witness Tree? Is it still standing? Are you referring to the one in Bureau County, Illinois?

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