Magazine article American Forests

Kewanee Tree Given a Reprieve

Magazine article American Forests

Kewanee Tree Given a Reprieve

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In November. American Forests received several letters from concerned citizens of Kewanee. Illinois. One qf their town's historic trees was in danger, and these men and women wanted to know what could be done to prevent its removal.

The "Hedge Tree." also known as the Potter Farm Osage-orange, dates back to the 1840s, and is one of only a few remaining specimens of the hedgerow development that marked the evolution and progress of Illinois from a rural economy to a farming economy.

The hedgerow development was started by Illinois College professor Jonathan Baldwin Turner, and was modeled after the European method of using hedges as a living fence for livestock. The adapted American model adapted throughout the Midwest used trees in the place of hedges, especially the resilient Osage-orange.

From our letters, we learned that the city had decided to remove the Hedge Tree. The only reason given was that the tree, in its advanced age. had begun to lean slightly, and could present a possible threat in the future. …

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