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Date: July 24, 2018
Time: 10:10 AM - 12:10 PM EDT
Event Description:
Mark Westhafer, 4 Sessions, Tuesday, July 17 - August 7, 10:10 am - 12:10 pm
Note:  The first two classes will meet at the University of Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center
The focus of this course is on the native woody tree species of the southern Appalachian region.  We will identify local trees by understanding their specific morphological characteristics.   This geographic area has an abundance of diverse tree species and we will cover many of the basics of how to identify different tree species followed by hikes through a local area to have “hands on” demonstrations and practice.  Our primary focus will be on the identification of our deciduous or hardwood trees rather than the evergreen species.  Many of the trees we will identify are readily distinguishable by simple characteristics of their leaf morphology but we will also observe bark and flower details where applicable.  Additionally, we will cover using texts or field guides to identify trees, but the focus will still be on simple observable characteristics.  The first two classes will meet at GMREC and examine many of the trees on those grounds.  The next two classes will meet at nearby locations where additional tree species can be found.  Beginners are welcome and useful items to bring are a field guide and a hand lens.  Two highly recommended reference books are “Trees of the Carolinas” by S. Tekiela and “Native Trees of the Southeast” by Kirkman, et al.  Except for a short introduction during the first session, this is an outdoor class so please be prepared for relatively easy walks but also the possibility of rain.
Mark Westhafer is a biotechnology science professional and has experience as a patent attorney specializing in biotechnology inventions.  He has had a longstanding interest in tree identification, developed while growing up in the Midwest.  He has taught many courses in the field of agriculture while in graduate school and enjoys getting back into the woods of North Georgia to enjoy the amazing plant diversity in this area.
Note:  The first two classes will meet at:
University of Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center 
195 Georgia Mtn Exprmnt Sta
Hill Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512
Date/Time Information:
Tuesdays, July 17 - August 7, 10:10 am - 12:10 pm
Contact Information:
For more information please visit for registration and detailed course information or call 706.379.5194 and leave a message or send an email to
Course fee $18. (Requires ICL membership - $25 annually).
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