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Celebrate OAKtober Tree Forum

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Oak Park Public Library - Main Library

834 Lake Street

Veteran's Room, 2nd Floor

Oak Park, IL 60301

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Learn how to protect our disappearing oak savannahs, woodlands and forests. Discover our heritage oaks. Adopt an oak! Learn about landscaping for healthy trees. Free and open to the public.

Schedule:
1 p.m. Library opens. Art Gallery features Trees Close Up: Botanical Watercolors by Barbara Rose

1:30 p.m. Veteran’s Room doors open. Information tables feature the Heritage Oak Propagation Project and more.

2 p.m. Speakers:

Lydia Scott directs The Morton Arboretum’s Chicago Region Trees Initiative, a coalition of about 200 organizations working to improve the health of the urban forest for better quality life. She will talk about oak ecosystems from the 1830s to the present and how we can be part of a regional effort to preserve, protect and enhance them for the future.

Mark Duntemann is owner of Duntemann Urban Forestry and an internationally recognized expert in tree risk assessment and tree management policy development. His practice emphasizes management and preservation of trees with local cultural and ecologic significance. Mark will describe a year-long project in Oak Park to map the large diameter oaks that are the remnant of a pre-European woodland. The trees that remain inform an understanding of the area’s ecologic past, and, as importantly, the role of the community as stewards in preserving this dwindling population.

Robert Sproule is a Master Arborist who worked for the cities of New York, Chicago and the Chicago Park District before joining Oak Park’s Forestry Division, where he has been Superintendent for 5-1/2 years. Oak Park is Illinois’ first Municipal Arboretum, with more than 18,000 trees lining its streets. Rob will provide an overview of this urban forest, discuss the village’s current management practices and possible future plans.

Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author who specializes in sustainable plant communities for all seasons. He is perhaps best known as the plants man behind Piet Oudolf’s Midwestern garden designs including the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago. He will remind us that plants don’t live alone in nature, yet we often “plop trees into a heavy clary hole and hope they survive.” Roy will discuss how companion plants can provide better growing environments, why wood mulch may not always be the best fertilizer and where sedges can be as effective as turf grass.

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834 Lake Street

Veteran's Room, 2nd Floor

Oak Park, IL 60301

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