Fall is in the air, and many of the trees in Southeastern Ohio have already shed their leaves. This makes tree identification more difficult, but there are still many clues that you can use to identify trees in their leafless state. “Identifying Trees in Winter”, an educational program designed to provide you with the knowledge to differentiate among the variety of trees on your property in the coming winter months, will be offered at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp near Jackson on Friday, November 18 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Participants in this program will:
- Develop an “eye” for bark and tree shape to aid in winter tree identification
- Learn to use bud and twig characteristics to identify trees
- Become familiar with tree fruits like acorns and other clues that can be found on the ground
- Spend the afternoon in the woods exploring the wide variety of trees that can be found at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, including the rare bigleaf magnolia, ancient eastern hemlocks, yellow birch and even a massive, standing-dead American chestnut.
“Identifying Trees in Winter” is part of the A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series which runs from May through November and is sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.
For brochures and more information, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods. A registration fee of $10 will include meal and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than Monday, November 14 by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org. Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp is located at 1362 Cave’s Road, Jackson, OH 45640.