scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Need Help on Trees
Tue Mar 07 2000 - 21:06:09 CST
There are a large number of very good tree identification guides on the
market. I always suggest the National Arbor Day Foundation's "What tree is
this?" which is a decision tree identifying most of the Eastern North
American Trees. It comes in bulk for about $.35 each. At Camp Frontier
every Scout in the Forestry Merit Badge gets a copy. The University of
Michigan Press has issued "Michigan Trees" which is a very good guide with
pictures and covers most of the trees which would be expected to be found in
the Great Lakes States. Lucy Braun's "Ohio Trees and Woody Plants" is a
spectacular work, but way too complicated for the casual naturalist.
There are three agencies to check. First, virtually every state has a state
forester assigned to every county in the state. They are a good source of
information. Some of the other postings have suggested the county extension
agent (the same folks that run 4H). They tend to have broader knowledge.
The best material, however, usually comes from the state department of
natural resources or whatever it is called in your state. They usually run
the state parks, fisheries and wildlife management. Because some of these
agencies are designed to interact with the public and provide naturalist
services, they frequently have extremely good publications which are usable
for both Scouts and Scouters.
Frank S. Merritt
Erie Shores Council