Registration required. 15 person limit.
This program is a partnership between the Mountain Top Arboretum and the New York Flora Association to help anyone of any level of expertise who is interested in plant identification to identify tree species in a relaxed and supportive way. We will spend our time acquiring the tools necessary to correctly identify trees primarily during the growing season. During the course of the morning, participants will learn how to use identification keys, how to create their own keys and will learn the diagnostic features of a host of native tree species.
Most walking will be on trails so appropriate footwear should be used. Be prepared with snacks, adequate water, and sunscreen and appropriate clothing for the forecast. Ticks may be present so be prepared to repel. A hand lens would be useful if you have one.
Dan retired from the Adirondack Park Agency in 2012 after a 27+ year career, where he served as Supervisor of the Resource Analysis and Scientific Services division since 2005. He has been a member of the New York Flora Association and of the Adirondack Botanical Society since their inceptions, and presently serves as President of NYFA. He co-authored the NYS Freshwater Wetlands Delineation Manual (1995), developed the NYS Adirondack Park Agency Compensatory Wetlands Mitigation Guidelines (1996), and served on the NYS Invasive Species Task Force Steering Committee (2005). Dan has been an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Plattsburgh and at Paul Smith's College on wetlands ecology and landscape scale environmental assessment. He is a professional musician playing bass in a jazz band. Winter will find him on Nordic skates on wild ice and summer will find him hiking, biking, botanizing, odonata hunting and kayaking.