Tree History and Identification Workshop
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Apr 09 2014 5:34 PM
(DOTHAN) Join veteran forester Ed Lewis for a fascinating look at trees in the area and their history and uses. The annual Tree Identification and History Workshop will be held at Landmark Park on April 12 at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required. Call the park office at 794-3452. This workshop is free with paid gate admission ($4 for adults, $3 for kids, free for members).
Ed will begin with an introduction to tree identification at the Interpretive Center, then take visitors on a fun, fact-filled tour of trees and plants found along the boardwalk. Learn about the tree species that grows at Landmark Park which gave the USS Constitution its nickname, “Old Ironsides.” Did you know that two species of trees that helped make a Tennessee distiller famous also grow at Landmark Park? Visitors will also learn why certain caterpillars like to eat black cherry leaves.
Ed Lewis is a registered forester and timber buyer with RockTenn and a member of the Alabama Forestry Association Education Committee. He has been involved in environmental education since 1986 and was awarded the Florida Project Learning Tree Educator of the Year in 2008. He uses his experience in forestry to help educate others about the wonder that can be found in our area woods and has taught hundreds of teachers over the years how to pass on that knowledge to local school children. Ed has been volunteering at the park for over 11 years. During Wiregrass Heritage Festival and Spring Farm Day he can be found teaching park visitors the techniques needed to use the cross cut saw. In 2008 he started the Tree Identification workshop that is held every spring.