On Monday, April 23, 2018, the East Georgia State College Tree Advisory Committee held the third and last part of their Tree Identification Workshop series on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus. The workshop was run by Mark McClellan, specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission’s Sustainable Community Forestry Program and a member of the EGSC Tree Advisory Committee. Attendees included EGSC students from the BIOL 3460 Plant Biology class, EGSC faculty, and members of the Swainsboro community.
This workshop was the third part of the Tree Identification Workshop Series and was part of a learning project for the Tree Campus USA designation at EGSC. The goal was to identify trees on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus.
“Approximately two-thirds of the land area in Emanuel County is covered by trees,” said community member and former EGSC professor Suella McCimmon. “It’s important that both students and the public learn something of their contribution to our community.”
The workshop focused on tree assessment and risk evaluation, determination of the tree canopy on campus and the validation of the tree identification performed by Plant Biology students during the spring. McClellan first presented the required knowledge to assess the health of trees and the potential risks of falling branches and trees to humans and buildings. In order to determine the tree canopy cover of the EGSC campus, the i-Tree Canopy website (https://canopy.itreetools.org) was used. It was discovered that the tree canopy of EGSC’s Swainsboro campus is 65% trees, while land recently donated to the EGSC Foundation was 96% trees.
Workshop participants then walked on campus to assess tree health. McClellan also validated the tree identification performed by students, who identified 26 different trees, resulting in a total of 125 trees identified. The species included the southern red oak (Quercus falcata), water oak (Quercus nigra), Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) and red maple (Acer rubrum).
“I liked our outside walk and identifying trees, “ added McCrimmon. “After we came inside, I sat with a technology able student and watched him follow instructions for mapping the trees on campus and calculating the value of carbon dioxide and pollution they deflect. I did not know there was a financial value attached to the environmental good that trees can do!”
“As usual, the students were attentive and were willing to learn,” said McClellan. “I feel like now the students are fully prepared to complete a campus management plan which is the ultimate goal. It has been a pleasure working with Dr. Chevalier and his fantastic group of biology students.”
Dr. David Chevalier, head of the Biology Department at EGSC and member of the Tree Advisory Committee, commented, “The tree identification workshop was a great success. We will use the knowledge gained during this workshop to continue to identify trees on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus. We would like to thank Mark McClellan for sharing his expertise on tree identification and risk assessment and management.”
- Learn more about the Tree Campus USA designation here!
- Additional photos from the workshop can be found here!
The first two Tree Identification Workshops have been a great success—don’t miss the third on April 23!
Second Tree ID Workshop helps Tree Advisory Committee identify species on EGSC’s Swainsboro Campus.