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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, part of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), is holding a workshop on tree identification in two locations in June and July.

Taught by forestry experts in the college, “Name That Tree” aims to help homeowners and landowners know the types of trees on their property, from oaks to maples and beyond. Organizers say the knowledge can lead to better care of trees since each species has different needs.

The program, the same at both locations, includes instruction on using a dichotomous key, practice inside with samples and practice outside with trees. Both locations are heavily wooded.

A dichotomous key, also called a single-access key, helps a user pinpoint a species through a series of step-by-step choices and a narrowing-down process.

Both workshop offerings cost $35 per person and include lunch.

  • June 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus. The registration deadline is June 6. Details and a link to register are at go.osu.edu/hZv.
  • July 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wolf Creek Environmental Center, Medina County Park District, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Center. The registration deadline is July 11. Details and a link to register are at go.osu.edu/hZx.

Attending in either location is worth 5 hours of continuing education credit for landowners participating in the Ohio Forest Tax Law Program.

For more information, contact 614-688-3421 or ohiowoods@osu.edu.

The stewards program, administered by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, is delivered by the college’s statewide outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension.

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Kurt Knebusch


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