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Oaks of Illinois Workshop

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Oaks are one of the most important plant groups in Illinois — home to 21 different native oak species. Oak populations provide habitat and food for wildlife, support biodiverse ecosystems, contribute to improved air and water quality, and provide shade benefits that help to reduce energy use.

Gain a better understanding of these magnificent, deciduous trees, explore oak ecology and range, and learn how to identify Illinois' 21 native oak species in a free, online workshop led by Chris Evans, Extension forestry expert. The virtual session will include interactive elements and plenty of opportunities for review and participant questions.

Continuing Education Credits

Tree care professionals can earn ISA continuing education credits for attending this workshop.

Workshop Agenda

  • 1 to 1:40 PM: Oak diversity and distribution in Illinois, oak ecology and importance to Illinois ecosystems
  • 1:40 to 2:10 PM: Oak identification basics, red vs. white oaks, important characteristics for ID
  • 2:10 to 2:20 PM: Break
  • 2:20 to 3:45 PM: Illinois native oak species - identification, habitat, and distribution
  • 3:45 to 4 PM: Questions and workshop wrap-up
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