Winter tree identification workshop offered

The public is invited to join Janet Eger from the White River Forestry Committee from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 to hone their skills in identifying trees in the winter.

The Feb. 10 session will be held at the Spring Mill State Park Inn’s Elm Room east of Mitchell, while the Feb. 12 session also will be held at the state park. Participants will meet in the Grissom Memorial parking lot.

Eger, a forester with more than 40 years of field experience, said during the Feb. 10 session, she will go over ways to distinguish one species of tree from another without their leaves. She will bring twig samples for people to examine the buds of common trees to compare different species and the nuts and seeds of those species.

On Feb. 12, Eger will take the group on a paved trail through the woods helping them identify trees and show people the differences in bark, twigs, nuts and other characteristics. Other area foresters will be on hand to assist for an interactive hands-on session.

The cost is $5, and preregistration is required so there are enough handouts. Refreshments will be provided at both sessions. Call Teena Ligman at 812-278-0139 or email [email protected] for more information and to register for the workshop. Due to COVID-19, attendance is limited.