Beyond the leaves: Winter tree ID

Posted:  Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:15am

How do you identify a tree if it has no leaves? The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) invites the public to the first event in the Stewardship Series to learn how to identify trees in winter on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. at Morse Pond Preserve in Georgetown. Led by Stewardship Coordinator Cheri Brunault, participants will uncover clues to name the trees of the forest, even if they are not wearing their distinctive foliage. This program is great for budding naturalists or landowners looking to strengthen their knowledge of local tree species, as well as anyone looking for a thoughtful walk in the woods.

Brunault will share how to identify a variety of tree and shrub species that grow in Morse Pond Preserve using twigs, branch structure, and bark. This preserve has been a favorite among KELT preserves since the trail opened in 2015, and offers a diversity of tree and shrub species.

This event is free and open to public. Registration is required by March 23 due to the limited class size. Please contact KELT at 207-442-8400, email, or online at to sign-up. This is a light rain or shine event and the workshop content is targeted for adults and children 10 years old and older.

To reach Morse Pond Preserve from Rt. 1, take Rt 127 south into Georgetown. After 10.4 miles, turn right onto Seguinland Rd. The preserve parking lot is 1.4 miles down, on the right. Carpooling and careful parking is encouraged.

Visit or call (207) 442-8400 for more information.