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I am a Certified Arborist & Openland’s TreeKeeper, Chicagoland Community tree historian, and Refounding member of America’s Midwestern Prairie School Ecology Movement. An early Conservation Era championed by Jens Jensen, FL Wright, FL Olmsted, OC Simmons. And John Blair who planted Wright studio’s famous Gingko tree.

As a Dendrologist, I have documented the ages of some 15,000+ trees.

I am also an inventive Electronic Bench tech Engineer, collector of old tube radio’s TV’s

In 1994 My friend Scott Davidson, John Engel and I Broadcast one of the first World Wide Web radio stations over the Internet.  If you are Heavy Metal enough, check it out at

Twenty-Seven Below (1-20-1985)

It was so cold, that outside lights were dimmed. Thankfully no wind chill factor was given out on newscasts yet at that time.

Chicago History Today

It was cold.

In the British Isles, January 20th was the Eve of St. Agnes, traditionally the frostiest day of the year.  That tradition was reinforced in Chicago at 6:18 a.m. on January 20, 1985.  The temperature was officially logged at -27.  That made this the coldest day in the city’s recorded history.

By the way, with a 21-m.p.h. wind, the wind chill was calculated to be -78.

1-20-85-cold weather

The winters had been getting colder in Chicago.  The previous record low temperature had been -26, posted only three years ago.  A new Ice Age seemed to be on the way.  Both Time and Newsweek had predicted it in cover-stories.

Some experts claimed that Chicago temperatures weren’t really setting records.  In 1970 the city’s official weather station had been moved from Midway to O’Hare.  Everyone knew that the readings were usually a few degrees lower at O’Hare.

Luckily, today was a Sunday. …

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With tree losses in the Billions…Follow todays historical event, as it unfolds across America…and in your back yard. Learn everything about Emerald Ash Borer, and the American hardwood tree species our ancient forests will be loosing. See photos of champion Ash trees, historic examples, and treatment success stories.

Become your communities local EAB expert…everything you needed to know, and more at…

I need the publics help to save Jens Jensens Ash trees on Chicago’s West side!

98 to 130 year old Native Green and indigenous White Ash trees planted by famous Prairie  landscaper Jens Jensen over a century ago are now being killed by the Emerald Ash Borer. Each one can be easily saved with insecticide, but his trees need volunteers in order to treat them. Green Ash lives 300 and White Ash 6OO years, and these public park trees Trunks resemble massive sized Roman columns.

In the 1980s when Chicago born actor Mr.T purchased the Armor estate in Lake Forest Il. and chainsawed 100 trees landscaped by Jens Jensen because he had allergies, Municipalities across the nation enacted ordinances to prevent private property owners from removing historical trees without permission first to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

Jensen turned the whole world on to Chicago land’s native Plaines ecology. Jensen utilize long lived American Ash, as an ingredient for his “Prairie school ecology movement”. Endangered Trees are now only teenagers at 120 years old, with maturity age from 180-220.

Todays preserved trees will become even more unique, since the American Ash species will become extinct around Chicagoland within the next six years. After the glutionuss Emerald Ash Borer that uses live ash trees for their only food source, will have quickly killed every single untreated one off by then. Since EAB kills even the young trees before they can grow up enough to produce seeds, there will be no more new trees to carry on the families locally evolved DNA.

I have been collecting these seeds in order to preserve their preciousness native DNA so scientists can reintroduce these trees to the exact forest  where their line evolved over time to the local soil & weather conditions. Ironically, Jens Jensen transplanted wild growing trees from Chicago’s outer forest to the Cities inner parks.

Jensen was quoted to say “The parks that I have built will not trully be finished untill the trees in them have had 100 years of growth”. The tree species he planted the most was the American Elm, then the Ash. Now a century later the Elms had already died 35 years ago from dutch Elm, and almost every Ash tree that he installed back then survives today, until the EAB extinction.

These world renowned public parks that were planted in the Elm-Ash-Cottonwood ecosystem, which is Chicago’s natural identity just like Red White & Blue is to America.

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