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.

 

2 thoughts on “Welcome to the 100 Oaks Project

  1. The old Elmwood Plantation live oak trees in Harahan La, are they protected? they have to be at least 300 years old. Houses are being built on the site and at least one tree was already removed and others are being cutback to make way for new houses, It’s a shame. I just hope the owners are going through the proper channels when dealing with these beautiful ancient trees. The site is near the Huey P Long Bridge, the houses are located on Bourgeois Ct. just off River Road

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