I wasn't able to get in touch with the property owners, and no doubt they, like their neighbors, have moved or been run off, so do any Racine County activists know about the fate of these important bur oaks?
The Creuziger family has one bur oak tree estimated to be 300 years old, along with several other trees estimated to be more than 150 years old. But the property won’t be in the hands of the Creuziger family much longer as the Foxconn Technology Group plans to build a massive manufacturing campus and their land is included in that project.
However, it appears the Village of Mount Pleasant is going to try to prevent the trees from being taken down.
I added this post to my continuing Foxconn archive, here.
And this is a photo of some bur oak acorns in a Milwaukee tree perhaps 15 years old, soon to be used to help maintain the species in this part of the state where long ago they dominated on massive savannas.
"A little fill here and there may seem to be nothing to become excited about. But one fill, though comparatively inconsequential, may lead to another, and another, and before long a great body may be eaten away until it may no longer exist. Our navigable waters are a precious natural heritage, once gone, they disappear forever," wrote the Wisconsin Supreme Court in its 1960 opinion resolving Hixon v. PSC and buttressing The Public Trust Doctrine, Article IX of the Wisconsin State Constitution.
Lake Michigan in winter
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James Rowen is an independent writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He worked as the senior Mayoral staffer in Madison and Milwaukee and for newspapers in both cities. This blog began on 2/2/ 2007.