Project Quercus

Avery with Quercus “Ali”

At a recent meeting of the Earth Club at my daughter’s school, we met with members of the Land Conservancy of McHenry County who donated ten oak trees through its Project Quercus. All the trees were planted near the school’s prairie and woodlands area (built and maintained by the club). We received a demonstration on how to properly plant oak trees, and I was able to help Avery and a friend of hers plant and even name a couple trees (one was Ali and the other was Oakey). Obviously, they were little guys but will some day grow to be mighty shade trees and homes for woodlands animals.

I also learned a few things about oak trees (Quercus means “oak” in Latin), including details about their root system which is sometimes greater than the branching part of the tree.

So, I took notice when I read Isaiah 61 shortly after the meeting and discovered that God’s people would be called “oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” Those belonging to God are grounded and productive, living and growing in His fruitful goodness and His high moral strength. What a wonderful word picture that illustrates a promise from God that we can put our hope in.

“… to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3


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