Identifying Trees Paperback – Apr 30 2007
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Michael D. Williams worked as an area forester with the Tennessee Division of Forestry. He was widely known for his uncanny ability to explain complicated forestry concepts in terms that were fresh, simple, and practical enough for even novices to understand.
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Most of all, I was disappointed to find the book containing errors that seem inexcusable in a guide of this type. For example, the section on slippery elm says "Slicing through the bark at a gradual angle will usually expose thin layers of white inner bark divided by the thicker reddish brown bark, as is usually found in the elms." This is totally wrong: the ABSENCE of white layers in the bark is the feature used to tell slippery elm from the other elms. The photo he shows are of American elm bark, as can be clearly seen by the light creamy layers in the bark. How can this guide help people identify trees if the author can't even identify them?
I bought this book because my 7th grader was required to identify 25 tree leaves and create a leaf identification book for his Science project. He was given the list of trees we were to look for, then gather the sample leaves and label. "Identifying Trees" provided a wide variety of basic instruction on the process of identifying trees and their leaves, the most likey location of the trees, and colorful pictures to make identifcation easy. I loved the book and am happy to have it as an addition to my personal library.
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