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#1)  Hello from Oak Park, IL

Postby MarkGraham » Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:35 am

Hello, Mark Graham here from Oak Park, IL.   Here we have more of an urban forest, that is many parkway trees.  My local interests revolve around parkway plantings, the Thatcher Woods Preserve, Morton Arboretum, and Chicago Botanic Garden.   I am also a big fan of Cook's Forest in PA, Cacapon State Park in WV, and Shenandoah National Park in VA.  More recently I have spent some weekends and vacation time in the California redwood parks.  

Some of my specific interests are tall Pennsylvania white pines, the saga of the American Chestnut tree, and redwood forests.

It is great there is a forum dedicated to trees and forests.
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#2)  Re: Hello from Oak Park, IL

Postby bbeduhn » Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:05 am

Welcome, Mark.
I'm an architecture buff so I'm very familiar with Oak Park. There should be some impressive trees around town to complement the fine homes.
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#3)  Re: Hello from Oak Park, IL

Postby MarkGraham » Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:31 pm

Thanks Brian.  Overall the urban forest in Oak Park is pretty good, lots of variety including a very nice maple assortment for Fall colors.  Of course a lot of elm and ash trees have been lost over the past twenty years.  This results in the current canopy being lower with the younger trees being much more diverse than the older trees.  Mark
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#4)  Re: Hello from Oak Park, IL

Postby Rand » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:06 pm

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#5)  Re: Hello from Oak Park, IL

Postby Lucas » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:29 pm

viewtopic.php?f=38&t=6701&hilit=+chestnut

MA Am chestnut pix plus others


http://lists.psu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=TACF-GROWERS

BTW lots of activity over at the TACF-GROWERS Am chestnut  site lately
We travel the Milky way together, trees and men. - John Muir
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#6)  Re: Hello from Oak Park, IL

Postby MarkGraham » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:16 pm

Thanks Rand and Lucas.  When I was a kid growing up near Pittsburgh the American chestnut was definitely in the collective memory of the older people and I heard a number of stories about big blighted trees being cut down in the 1920's.  It's good there are mature nut bearing trees here and there.  It's interesting to read the different methods that are being used to get more trees to mature, such as cross breeding or plantings from the hardiest trees.  Maybe some kind of targeted gene therapy may do it, that technology should become more generalized over the next couple decades.
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