Learn how to identify state’s tree species

Dale Weigel with White River Resource Conservation and Development’s Forestry Committee plans to help people hone their winter tree identifying skills Feb. 23 and 25.

People may attend one or both sessions.

The Feb. 23 session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Spring Mill State Park Nature Center east of Mitchell.

The Feb. 25 session also will be at Spring Mill State Park. Participants will meet in the nature center parking lot at 9 a.m. That session should last until about noon.

In the Feb. 23 session, Weigel plans to discuss the ways to easily tell trees apart without their leaves. Weigel, a forester with more than 35 years of experience, will offer many tricks to identifying trees and will bring twig samples for people to examine the buds and twigs of common trees to compare different species.

On Feb. 25, Weigel will take people on a foray through the woods, identifying trees and showing the differences in bark, twigs and other characteristics.

The cost is $5, and preregistration is urged for planning purposes. Refreshments will be provided at both sessions.

The district includes Jackson, Lawrence, Orange and Washington counties.

Information: Teena Ligman at 812-276-4757 or email tligman@fs.fed.us