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United States Department of Agriculture

Living Memorials Project

Oak Ridge Cemetery Quercetum

Purpose

It is a city cemetery, the site of Lincoln's tomb and Illinois Veterans' memorials, and the quercetum. This project is building an oak arboretum propogated from rare, historic, and champion specimens worldwide by the founding president of the International Oak Society.

Reason site was selected

It is protected in perpetuity, 350 acres fenced and mapped, and has a high visitation rate.

Events planned for site

Study tours.

Do you believe your memorial is a sacred place?

Yes, it is sacred because it is a cemetery, is the site of Lincoln's tomb and the Illinois Veterans' memorials.
  • Sponsored by Oak Ridge Cemetery; Starhill Forest Arboretum
  • Site maintained by Oak Ridge Cemetery
  • Project website contact
  • Project email contact Guy@StarhillForest.com
  • Address 1441 Monument Ave.
  • City, State, ZIP Springfield, Illinois  62702
  • County 
  • Dedication Jan. 1, 2001
  • Status Under Construction and permanent
  • Artwork No
  • Public access yes
  • Public events yes
  • Sq. Foot 
  • Acreage 350
  • Number & Species of Trees more than 1,000: approximately 100 Oak taxa, various other taxa
  • This project is best described as a Tree Grove, Cemetery
  • This project is unique because of the Site Design, Site Planning Process, Site Use
  • Project Sponsors and Participants
  • Is the community involved? yes
  • Project was initiated by Several different types
  • Land is owned by City
  • Type of participants Staff and Volunteers
  • Number of people involved less than 10
  • Percent of those involved who are volunteers 1% to 25%
  • Are people expected to stay involved? yes
  • For more information contact  , Guy@StarhillForest.com