2006-06-16 / Community

Guide Book From Arbor Day Foundation

With hundreds of different species of trees growing in New York, the average person might be hard-pressed to recognize and name more than just a handful.

"What Tree Is That, a 72-page pocket guide available from The National Arbor Day Foundation, makes the guessing process easier by showing how to identify trees in a simple step-by-step process.

The guidebook begins by noting distinguishing characteristics that separate one tree species from another. Dozens of detailed drawings accurately illustrate the specific shapes and textures of different leaves, needles, acorns, berries, seed pods, cones and other identifying features.

The pocket guide goes beyond familiar species such as oaks, maples and firs and includes lesser-known horsechestnut, sassafras, pawpaw and the pagodatree.

"Helping people enjoy and appreciate trees is central to the educational mission of the Arbor Day Foundation," said John Rosenow, the Foundation's president. "Being able to identify trees is important in order to know how to care for them and how to plan the right tree in the right place."

To obtain the tree ID guide, send your name, address, and $3 to The National Arbor Day Foundation, c/o "What Tree Is That?", Nebraska City, NE 68410; or go online to www.arborday.org to order.

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