Winter Tree ID Workshop set for Feb. 12 in Dayton

Esther M. Silvius

Special to the News

DAYTON -- The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, part of Ohio State University Extension, will have a Winter Tree ID Workshop Friday, Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cox Arboretum, Metro Park, 6733 Springboro Pike in Dayton.

Specialists from OSU Extension will teach the basics of tree identification and more, including how to use a scientific identification key. There will be plenty of assisted practice time, inside and out.

Participants will learn how to tell different tree species apart even when they have no leaves-a good skill to have for those who work in their woods a lot.

Registration, which costs $35 per person, includes lunch and all materials. It is due by Feb. 5. Secure online registration and payment is available at the program's Web site, http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu. For information, call (614) 688-3421 or e-mail ohiowoods@osu.edu.

OSU sponsors the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program in cooperation with the Ohio Division of Forestry to teach people about trees and forests and to know how to manage them.

Goals include helping landowners make well-informed forest-management decisions and, in the end, having even healthier forests, according to Kathy Smith of the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program.