Submitted by Brandy Brabham
WVU Extension Agent

The West Virginia University Extension Service (WVUES) in Roane County invites the public to come out for an evening of exploring the trees and shrubs of West Virginia at the Winter Tree Identification Workshop Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Park Community Building in Spencer.

This indoor seminar will give participants hands-on experience in identifying trees by bark, twig, and bud attributes. The group will learn how to use "keys" along with twig and branch specimens to determine wild land tree species without leaves. Magnifying lenses and written materials will be provided.

Dr. Dave McGill will lead the workshop. Dr. McGill is a Forest Resources Extension Specialist for West Virginia University. He has conducted previous workshops on topics such as invasive species control in upland forest ecosystems, non-timber forest products, forest regeneration, and woodland owner education. Locally, he taught a shitake mushroom production workshop for the WVU-Roane County Extension office approximately five years ago in Spencer, WV.

The workshop is free and open to anyone interested regardless of residency. Pre-registration is requested by Monday, February 6 to ensure that each participant will have adequate materials to participate. To pre-register or obtain more information, call the WVU-Roane County Extension office at 304-927-0975 or email brandy.brabham@mail.wvu.edu

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