“When we began to look for homes in Lake Zurich, I knew that I wanted to live in a wooded subdivision. I gasped when I saw our future property and the number of different oak species. When I started to research oak trees, I found out just how important they are to […]
This young bur oak is now a Future Heritage Oak. The owner’s mother, age 93, has nurtured this oak since it was a volunteer ( sprouted spontaneously) on her property. She has a great love for trees and it shows in the health of the oaks on her property.
The owner of this pin oak writes, “I’m not sure my Oak is all that significant. But, it looks nice and I love to watch it grow! It was planted as a large tree 14 years ago and has grown into a full, beautiful tree and now shades our backyard” We couldn’t […]
This red oak is a beautiful tree. The owner reports that “one of our ancient oaks was used by Indians to mark a trade route. They bent it when it was a sapling so that it would grow at a sharp angle”. Lake County curator Diane Dretske has a blog post about […]
The magnificent oak trees on the Heritage Oak property at 21707 Old Barn Road were first noted on the 1840 Federal Township Plats which can be found on the Lake County GIS Maps Online The AOF has counted rings on local oaks that have numbered in the 250s- back to the mid-1700’s. It is reasonable […]
This oak tree is on the property which was once owned by a George Fasse. There are two grave sites at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Old McHenry Rd that bear the name Fasse. One is for George W. Fasse- (1820-1889- and his wife Wilhemina) and the other is George A.Fasse ( 1867-1922- and wife- […]
The summer is in full swing and the Ancient Oaks Foundation has been busy with the many tasks of habitat restoration. We continue with removing weeds from local oak woodlands at Kuechmann park (626 N. Old Rand Rd) and the oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park (500 Lions Drive). We hosted the St. Matthew Ladies Bible […]
What a winter is has been! Since our last edition of Seedlings, we have logged well over 200 volunteer hours in the work of habitat restoration. January’s Owl Walk was attended by 30 people who learned about the 6 different species of area owls. In February, Shannon Westphal led us in Winter Tree Identification. Our […]