Welcome to the 100 Oaks Project

 

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E. D. White Oak, near Thibodaux, LA

This blog chronicles my search to document the 100 oldest and notable live oak trees in Louisiana. The elder oaks included in this project are primarily “centenarians” – more than 100 years old. Their sizes range from approximately 17 ft. to 40 ft. in circumference and their lives span a time period stretching between 100 to 600+ years, over several human generations. The oldest oaks documented here were possibly mature trees before Europeans settled Louisiana in the early 1700s.

This project began with a search for the original 43 live oaks that in 1934 became charter members of the Live Oak Society when it was first proposed by Dr. Edwin L. Stephens in an article he wrote for the Louisiana Conservation Review. From my original search, I found that almost 20% of these 43 member trees had been lost in the 80 or so years since the Society was founded — mostly due to urban expansion, development, storms and old age.

The ultimate goal of this effort is to raise awareness for the importance of conservation and preservation of historic live oak trees as an important cultural and historic resource – most areas of Louisiana and the South don’t have laws protecting these gentle icons of Southern culture from removal or abuse by humans.

 

3 thoughts on “Welcome to the 100 Oaks Project

  1. Peggy, I don’t know if I ever responded to your email to my 100 Oaks Project blog. I’m doing some cleaning up of my blog and ran across your note. My book, Quercus Louisiana, has sold out the first printing before Christmas, though you might find a copy for sale at the Old Estate Gift
    Shop on 7th St in Thibodaux. My only other book in print is my newest book “Oak Alley Plantation, Portrait of a Southern Icon” and it’s available through the Oak Alley gift shop or their website. Happy New Year! Bill Guion

  2. My 7 yr. old was fascinated with a picture of an oak tree taken by you and published in a small weekly paper. Thus started our “hunt”. Atleast twice a week we would go ride around Thibodaux looking at trees. I recognized the name, I finished THS in ’69. So that lead to this. I would love to get a copy of one of your books for Gavin, he has such a fascination at such an early age. I know he’d love the pictures and hopefully one day enjoy knowing the history of those trees.

  3. Thanks for your comments and support of the 100 Oaks Project. The history and culture of the oaks go hand-in-hand with the genealogy of the Gulf Coast region’s residents. We will continue, with the help of the individuals and organizations who have planted, tended and admired the trees for generations, to document the survivors and the deceased, to raise awareness of the importance of these icons for current and future generations.

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