On Monday April 1, 2019, Alex Ballard, Regional Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission, run a tree identification workshop on the EGSC Campus. Attendees included EGSC students and faculty. The goal of this workshop is to learn to identify trees and specially Georgia native trees. This workshop was organized by the EGSC Tree Advisory Committee and is part of a learning project for the Tree Campus USA designation earned by EGSC in 2017 and 2018.
“I am very thankful to the Georgia Forestry Department for conducting this Tree Identification Workshop for the second year,” said Dr. David Chevalier, Chair of the Biology Program at EGSC. “This workshop highlights the importance of trees and promotes the engagement of the members of the EGSC community.”
The workshop first focused on the different plants characteristics that are used to identify tree. These characteristics include the leaf arrangement and shape, the color and structure of the bark, and the fruits. Ballard then explained how to use a tree identification key. Participants then walked on the EGSC campus and tested their knowledge of tree identification.
“For students who take pride in the tree canopy around them and wanting to help create a sustainable environment, it is very beneficial and informative to be able to identify common tree species,” said Ballard. “By holding a tree identification workshop, we were able to help explain the morphology (shape and form) of trees and learn some useful tips on how to identify common trees. Afterwards we were able to walk around campus and actually look at some of the local trees and further explain how to identify trees and some useful tips to use while in the field.”
“After the tree identification workshop, I felt I have gained much knowledge,” added sophomore EGSC biology major Carley Stapleton. “Mr. Ballard shared many tips and tricks to help identify our 'local trees'. Knowing how to identify a tree just by its bark or its leaves is not only interesting for a Biology major, such as myself, but is important to many in areas of rural Georgia.”