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Basic Tree Identification
WhenMonday, May 15, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WhereUW Botanic Gardens - Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112
Campus roomGraham Visitors Center
PresenterJ. Casey Clapp

Proper tree management starts with knowing the tree you’re managing. When trying to recommend an appropriate treatment, diagnosing issues, or understanding how a tree will respond to changes in condition, identifying the tree you’re dealing with is the first step.

This basic identification workshop will cover topics to help the practitioner identify common species in the Puget Sound Region, both native and non-native. We will review common terminology and concepts that will help arborists and other green industry workers narrow down trees not covered in the workshop into genera, and ultimately lay the basis for identification down to the species.

As there are many more species that can grow in our region than can be covered in a single basic workshop, focus will be on larger concepts that will lay the ground work for future identification. We will cover the use of dichotomous keys and get familiar with descriptive terminology to help narrow down unknown species.

The workshop will be inside for the first half and will go outside for the second half to get familiar with using the concepts and terminology in the real world. We’ll be in the University of Washington Arboretum, so we will have no shortage of species to find! The workshop will be hands on, and questions and interaction is encouraged.

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