Mariton: Tree Walk On Sunday
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager.
(Photo by Carole Mebus)
I look forward to the Tree Walk on Sunday. The fall colors won’t be peak, but they are beautiful. Besides enjoying a walk in the woods, I plan to show people the clues that I use to identify trees. Besides leaves, you can identify trees using bark, shapes and whole array of things.
I spent a lot of time roaming the woods with my Grandpa when I was a kid. He was a farmer and a “woodsman”. I don’t remember the bits of information that he imparted on our rambles, but I surely absorbed some of them. In my first dendrology class in college, my professor was bowled over that I could identify trees off in the distance just by their shape or some general impression that I noticed. (Thanks Gramps!) My professor had studied with Burton Barnes and Ed Voss, two great Michigan botanists, and I tried to absorb everything she told us about trees. Since then, I have spent time afield with some “really good” tree folks, including Dave Steckel in NLT’s Development Department. Dave and others have added to my bag of tricks for identifying trees. I still feel I am the student, but I have learned enough to share with other students.