• Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Excerpts from Lincolnland Legends Scholarship Essay, by Larissa Hong, senior at Normal (IL) Community High School

Our area has a green legend in Joe Grabill, who plants groves of trees.  Children & Elders Forest is a living legacy to the environmental vision of this man.  Joe realizes he is “a member of the community of life, not a superior.”

Mother Burr Oak Photograph by Joe Grabill

His new book, Green Kingdom Come, documents his call to save God’s good earth.  Lincoln found inspiration from the Bible, and often used biblical quotes in his powerful speeches.

Tree Of Life Photograph by Joe Grabill

Joe’s home in Normal, “Tree Haven,” is itself an example of the difference one person can make.  On his lot he has planted over 200 trees.   Joe embodies the spirit of Jesse Fell, Lincoln’s good friend, founder of Illinois State University, and avid tree planter.

We have the power to shape the future, tree by tree.

Japanese Maple Photograph by Joe Grabill

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