Wise forest stewardship requires familiarity with the woody plants that grow in your area, and the winter and early spring are great times of the year to learn tree identification! Without leaves on the trees, many other identifying characteristics are easier to see.
Learn to recognize common Northeast trees by their shape, bark patterns, twigs, fruits, and seeds. Attention will also be given to invasive forest pests that threaten our trees.
The use of a simple identification key will be demonstrated and common botanical terms explained. With help from pre-recorded videos, participants will 'accompany' the presenters as they visit a local forest to identify trees in their early spring landscapes.
The event was offered by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Dutchess Land Conservancy.