McARTHUR — 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” will provide you with the knowledge to differentiate among the variety of trees on your property in the coming winter months. This program will take place on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include lunch. 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 exploring the forest around the Moonville Tunnel at Zaleski State Forest

• Visit a variety of sites from wetlands to dry ridges to learn about their contribution to the diversity of Ohio’s Appalachian forests

This program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Zaleski State Forest ODNR complex, near McArthur. After lunch participants will carpool to the field site near Moonville Tunnel. The field portion of the program will include a considerable amount of walking on uneven terrain, so be sure to bring your hiking boots.

A small registration fee entitles participants to lunch and program materials. Please RSVP no later than Monday, Nov. 4 by mailing in a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu. The Zaleski ODNR Complex is located at 29371 Wheelabout Road, McArthur, Ohio 45651. For a map and directions to help you find the complex, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods.

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