Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
Representatives of the Arkansas Forestry Commission visited Clysta Willett Nature Trail and Native Garden on Thursday, April 23 to offer a short tutorial on identifying trees native to Arkansas. Scott Nobel and Randy Coy spent over an hour at the park educating all in attendance. They offered the publication Trees of Arkansas by Dwight Moore, revised edition edited by Eric Sundell at a cost of $5.00. This publication contains a tree key, which is a tool to be used when trying to identify particular trees. They illustrated how to distinguish the different types of leaves using examples from the trees in the park, and they reviewed other means of distinguishing trees using characteristics such as fruit or bark. Nearby juniper and dogwood trees were used to review how to use the guide.
Then they took the time to walk the trail with the group and to identify trees within the park. We saw White and Black Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, Flowering Dogwood, Persimmon, Hackberry, Shortleaf Pine, Black Cherry, Ash, Elm, and even encountered a volunteer dogwood with pink blossoms. We were given a supply of Northern Red Oak trees that were about 3 feet tall for distribution for our membership and/or projects.
All in all, it was a quite informative event and a great ending to our regular project enhancement day at Clysta Willett. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Arkansas Forestry Commission for taking the time to share their knowledge with us.
Written by Carol Badsky and Ceil Gasiecki
Edited by: Joan Burr
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