2023 Summer

Summer Classes are free of charge.

Identifying Native Maine Trees

Instructor: Merle Ring

Classroom: Tuesday, 7/18 at 1:00 PM • • • Field trip: Thursday, 7/20 at 10:00 AM

Class size 6-20 students
5 seats remaining
Location: Klahr Center & Field Trips
• The 2 hour class is in the theater of the Klahr Center (The Holocaust and Human Rights Center.) SEE MAP
• The Thursday, July 20 field trip will be to a forest in Sidney, Maine. Transportation is not provided, so carpooling is encouraged.

This two-day class will focus on identifying native Maine trees, particularly those found around the Augusta area.

The Tuesday class will be a PowerPoint presentation of identification characteristics of Maine trees, based on the Maine Forest Service book – Forest Trees of Maine. Identifying features will include leaves, needles, bark, twigs, form, size, and color.

The following Thursday class will be a field event, looking at many different tree species and how to identify them as they grow in the forest. This class will appeal to anyone with an interest in forest management or with just a curiosity about the trees growing all around us in Maine. Participants should be prepared to walk on uneven ground on woodland roads and trails.

Students can purchase a copy of the book Forest Trees of Maine – Centennial Edition from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Cost of the book is $15.00 plus tax and shipping.

Merle Ring is a Maine licensed forester with over 45 years of experience in forest management. He graduated from the University of Maine, Orono in 1976 with a bachelors degree in Forestry, then worked 42 years for the Maine Forest Service, mostly as a District Forester in Oxford County, retiring in 2019. Merle continues his forestry career as a private consulting forester. For many years he has taught a six week forest management course for woodland owners at the Oxford Hill Comprehensive HS, Adult Ed.