Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America 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.
I have 2 other tree guides on paper and wanted to carry something digital on my phone so going by the reviews this seemed like a good choice but i'm extremely disappointed. The drawings look like a 5 year old made them with a pencil. The pictures are mediocre to say the least. The leaf identification guide only shows you the leaf with a wacky drawing, the rest of the tree info and photos is else where on the book, if any. The quick winter guide is just a list of trees with a very brief description and the pages where you can find them in the book; but it's useless if you are trying to ID a tree because you'd have to use the tree identification guide at a time when most trees have no leaves. I had to use my 2 other books to get some references of a fallen tree in the park in hopes that i could get positive ID but this book had significantly less info then any of my 2 other guides... I could go on but i have better things to do. I'm just going to delete it now...
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