Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Oct. 22 "Coached" Tree Identification Workshop and Picnic

"Coached" Tree Identification Workshop and Picnic

The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association (CWOA) is partnering with Penn State Mont Alto to present a tree identification workshop on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.  Workshop participants will meet on the PSU Mont Alto campus at 9:30am at Weisling Hall.  Signs will be posted.  Participants will split up into small groups (3-5 people) with a 2nd year forestry student assigned to each group.  The students will take their groups through a 20 station walk and coach them on specific tree identification.  With the closer teaching and opportunity to interact, participants can learn some of the finer points of tree id such as the difference between a red oak and scarlet oak.  20 plus tree species will be covered.  The CWOA is an organization of forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania.

The tree identification workshop is open to the public.  You do not have to be a member of the CWOA to attend.  There is no cost to attend the workshop but pre-registration is required.   To register, text, call or email Mike Waldron at 717-677-7317(H), 717-698-8046(cell), mdwald57@yahoo.com (email) by October 14 (email preferred).

The Penn State Mont Alto campus is approx. 1 mile north of downtown Mont Alto along Rt. 233.  At the main campus entrance, turn left, go over the bridge and the main parking lot is on the right.  Look for CWOA signs. Penn State Mont Alto directions are available online at:  http://montalto.psu.edu/Information/directions.htm.

The workshop will take about 2 hours to complete and will be followed by a picnic lunch at the pavilion of Mont Alto State Park.  (right next door to the campus)   CWOA MEMBERS - bring a side dish to share as we will host the Mont Alto students & staff.  Burgers, hot dogs, dinnerware and drinks will be provided.  

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT !!   Text, call or email Mike Waldron at 717-677-7317(H), 717-698-8046,(cell), mdwald57@yahoo.com (email) by October 14 (email preferred).   There is no charge, but we will have a donation bucket for you to help defray the costs of the pavilion & lunch.

This event will be rain or shine.  IF the weather is very bad; we will make provisions to have a presentation inside with tree samples.  So, mark your calendar, make your reservation, bring note taking materials, dress for the weather and be ready to be sharpened in your tree id skills.  We may have to limit the group size, so register early.

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