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  • Old-growth tree stumps tell the story of fire in the upper Midwest

    William McClain, left, a botanist with the Illinois State Museum, with botanist John Ebinger and ecologist Greg Spyreas, both of the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois, looked to tree scars for physical evidence of fires over a period of 226 years in southern Illinois.

    William McClain, left, a botanist with the Illinois State Museum, with botanist John Ebinger and ecologist Greg Spyreas, both of the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois, looked to tree scars for physical evidence of fires over a period of 226 years in southern Illinois.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor's note: To contact Greg Spyreas, call 217-819-2059; e-mail spyreas@illinois.edu.
     To reach Bill McClain, call 217-854-7918; e-mail trailmarkertree@gmail.com.

    The paper, “Fire History of a Post Oak (Quercus stellata Wang.) Woodland in Hamilton County, Illinois,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.