by Alison Dorf
The Arbor Day Foundation recently announced a new booklet to help "nature lovers and professional botanists alike" identify trees in Arizona and the Western Region.
I know what you're thinking: "Why would anyone want to learn how to identify trees?" Listen, tree identification is important, and no, Saguaros don't count.
For some, tree identification may be just a hobby. For others, learning to properly identify trees could be extremely beneficial to maintaining a backyard.
Who knows, maybe you have more types of trees than you realized, and maybe they need more care than you thought — or maybe you even have an invasive or non-native species.
Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit conservation and education organization, aims to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees, according to its website.
Stated in the press release, the booklet uses a 'unique step-by-step approach for identifying the species of each tree, explaining what to look for in the shape of the leaves, differences in the leaf stems and twig structures and specific characteristics of fruits, flowers, buds and bark.'
The new pocket brochure is available for a $5 donation to the Arbor Day Foundation. Simply send the donation to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410.