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Learning to Identify Trees

Up a Tree

by Robert Barossi

A recent volunteer story I posted talked about volunteer oceanographers, or volunteers who were collecting data to be used by professional oceanographers. In this similar story out of Northampton, Massachusetts, volunteers are helping out another group of professionals: foresters and arborists.  The volunteers were assisted by these professionals in identifying trees in the local area. Groups of volunteers worked to not only identify the trees, but also to gather information about them, including data such as diameter and bark and leaf health. The volunteers had the opportunity to gain knowledge and expertise in tree species and how to identify them while helping deal with the very real issue of canopy loss.

Volunteers Helping Trees Worldwide

Up a Tree(Photo by Robert Barossi)

By Robert Barossi

This morning, I came across this quote online: “Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” That got me to thinking about how much volunteers help to care for trees in their local communities.  In Joplin, Missouri, volunteers are helping to water trees in the city, according to this article from   On the other side of the globe, in India, this story from The Times of India about volunteers removing nails that were left in trees when advertisement signs were hung there and them removed. And in Australia, volunteers in this story from Port Macquarie News helped to plant trees during Port Macquarie Landcare’s National Tree Day celebration.

More information about the Joplin initiative is here. And the Port Macquarie Landcare Group has a webiste, linked here.