Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Seven Dwarves and Tree ID

 Pictured here beside a signed post oak are, (left to right)  Dick H., Glenn S., Lee B., Jean B., Carl B.,  Linda B, and Kathy S (taking photo).
From Kathy S
Our energetic group of BRFAL members volunteered to brave yesterday’s heat and possibility of thunderstorms to install more Tree Identification signs at Smith Mountain Lake State Park

This project began in 2012 and as of today, there are now three trails that the public can enjoy while learning more about our native trees. The Lakeview Trail (and adjoining Discovery Center area), the Turtle Island Trail, and as of yesterday, the Walton Creek Trail, totaling over 3 miles of groomed trails. Each sign identifies the tree with its common name, its botanical name, a picture of its leaf and a short description.

This project is designed for education/outreach, one of the goals of the Virginia Master Naturalist Association. Funding for the signs was provided by The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park, and All Jobs Inc. and volunteers from both Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of VMN, and Friends of SM  along with Park staff helped with the planning and installation.

As we hiked through the woods, carrying our assorted equipment, we likened ourselves to the Seven Dwarves, but no one wanted to be designated as Dopey.

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