A few years ago a climate ecologist pointed out that predictive models for our northwest corner of Montana all anticipate a drier climate with far fewer pine forests. I asked what I should be planting to replace the disappearing shade and wildlife habitat. He said, "Burr Oak". So I have planted four. They are drought resistant, slow growing to fifty feet or more, and can live to 100 years. I will not live to see the acorns it takes 30 years to produce but I know that my children, and their children's children, will enjoy their shade.
Each generation has its own rendezvous with the land... by choice or by default we will carve out a land legacy for our heirs. (Stewart Udall)