Winter Tree Identification Walk in the Commons and Public Garden

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Linda Ciesielski from the Boston Natural Areas Network led a walk through the Boston Common and Public Garden on Saturday morning instructing attendees on how to identify trees in winter.  With no leaves to look at, the details of the bark and the way the branches spread become indicators to distinguish the oaks, elms and ash trees in the parks.

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Before I had to bail from the extreme cold, we learned about the Dutch Elm Disease that decimated most of the American Elms in the country including our parks in Boston.  The few left near the front of the state house are in terrible condition (see the topless tress on the right below).

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