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AOF Hires First Executive Director

Lake Zurich Conservation Non-Profit, Ancient Oaks Foundation, Hires First Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Ancient Oaks Foundation, is pleased to announce the March 1 appointment of Claire Slattery as their new Executive Director. Ms. Slattery will be assuming responsibility for day to day operations as well as marketing, […]

By |2018-03-14T08:40:34-05:00March 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Ancient Oaks Seedlings – Winter 2018

You might think little conservation activity happens during the winter but that is not the case. Nearly every weekend volunteers are outdoors removing invasive brush and planting native seed in an effort to improve our community by preserving our oak woodlands and natural areas. Check out the Winter 2018 newsletter for the latest on our […]

By |2018-01-31T11:41:49-06:00January 31st, 2018|News|0 Comments

Bur, White Red Oaks -307 Kim Trail, Lake Zurich


There are several species of oaks on this property including bur, white red and swamp white oak. The homeowner has worked diligently to eradicate the buckthorn from the property and allow more desirable plants to prosper. The 1885 map of Lake Zurich shows that this area which is currently known as Zurich […]

By |2018-09-29T08:05:34-05:00December 28th, 2017|Heritage Oaks|0 Comments

White Oak – 23080 Milton Rd, Mundelein


The property owner reports that this white oak was a trail marker for the Pottawatomie Native Americans in the early 1800’s. Although some oaks on her property have succumbed to oak wilt, this is one of many that remain. Wildlife such as owls, woodpeckers, raccoons, opossum, deer, fox and coyotes call her […]

By |2017-12-19T09:18:00-06:00December 19th, 2017|Heritage Oaks|0 Comments

Baby Oak – 23707 Hearthside, Deer Park


This young bur oak is the first submission in our Future Heritage Oak category. The property owner found this oak hidden in some invasive brush and considers it a “natural unplanned surprise”. Her goal is for it to become an Ancient Oak and has plans to nurture that growth.


By |2017-12-15T09:19:06-06:00December 5th, 2017|Heritage Oaks|0 Comments

Oak – 12 Brierwoods Lane, Hawthorn Woods


The property owner reports that this wooded property used to have a hunting cabin circa 1890-1920, then a deer lodge then a horse farm. They have cleared 3 acres of buckthorn from their property and have replanted native wildflowers and sedges under their oaks. We commend them for this as it will […]

By |2017-12-15T09:19:06-06:00December 1st, 2017|Heritage Oaks|0 Comments

Bur Oak – Somerset Courtyard, Lake Zurich


This bur oak is situated at the Somerset Townhomes on Lakeview Place in Lake Zurich. Somerset resident, Lisa LaManna nominated it and fellow Lakeview resident Sarah Hudson also drew it to AOF’s attention. Earl Young, ( Sarah’s father) was a long time Lake Zurich resident who owned this property prior to development. […]

By |2017-12-15T09:19:07-06:00December 1st, 2017|Heritage Oaks|0 Comments

Oak – 35 Lakeview Place, Lake Zurich


Sarah has great fondness for this oak, which is on the site of Sarah’s childhood home.  She reports that it has seen much foot traffic (and many changes!) in downtown Lake Zurich.    Sarah encourages anyone who travels on Lakeview Place to stop and admire its beauty.

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By |2017-12-15T09:19:07-06:00December 1st, 2017|Heritage Oaks|0 Comments

Burr Oak – 8 Lagoon Drive, Hawthorn Woods


There are several bur oaks as well as shagbark hickories on this well maintained property at 8 Lagoon Drive in Hawthorn Woods of which the property owner is justly proud. This area of Hawthorn Woods was originally inhabited by Potowattami Native Americans, then in the mid 1800’s German and Dutch settlers enjoyed […]

By |2017-12-15T09:19:07-06:00November 21st, 2017|Heritage Oaks|0 Comments


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