Espenscheid Forest Preserve Adds Oak Tree Savanna


April 20, 2022

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Lizzie Lamm, Freeport, IL with her Jackiana Oak tree she planted. Photo taken by Brenda Heimann, University of Illinois- Extension.

Espenscheid Forest Preserve in Stephenson County is now home to an oak tree savanna thanks to local youth and community members. The group of 25 oak trees, called a savanna, will bring new life to oak-hickory forests currently under threat in Illinois.

The 4-H Green Communities Tree Program focuses on tackling global issues at a local level.

"Oak savannas are being overtaken by invasive species, as well as more shade-tolerant trees, such as maples," says Curt Sinclair, University of Illinois Extension 4-H specialist. "Illinois 4-H is primed to take action to increase the num...

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