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Tree identification walking tour offered March 13

Posted 2/25/2019

man points to a pine branch while instructing a group of people

Certified Arborist Rod Haulenbeek teaches how to identify trees using leaves at a Tree Identification Presentation and Walk. The next one is March 13. Photo by Jenn Fisher, Cooperative Extension.

Cooperative Extension series teaches sustainable horticulture to local professionals

For professionals in the green industry, especially certified arborists, the ability to identify the types of trees in their clients’ yards is an important skill to have. To help arborists, landscapers and others hone their tree identification skills, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents three seasonal Tree Identification Presentations and Walks.

The workshops, offered March 13, April 10 and Oct. 9, are part of the Green Industry Continuing Education Series. Each workshop begins with a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno, with Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet and Master Gardener Volunteer Rod Haulenbeek, who are both certified arborists. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., attendees will apply what they learned with guidance from Haulenbeek and Mazet during walking tours at Dick Taylor Memorial Park, 1140 Beech St. in Reno. Attendees are encouraged to bring a clipboard, pen or pencil, walking shoes and bottles of water.

“Trees look different in every season, so Rod and Wendy will help participants identify trees by a variety of physical characteristics,” said Cooperative Extension Commercial Horticulture Program Coordinator Jenn Fisher, who helped coordinate the class. “Knowing which trees a client has is important, because different species have different maintenance requirements.”

The cost for each workshop is $5 and covers International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and refreshments. Register online at the Tree Identification Series Registration website. For more information on classes or certification, contact Fisher at or 775-336-0249. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the class they intend to attend.

The Green Industry Continuing Education Series provides current, research-based information to green-industry professionals each month. For a complete list of classes offered in 2019, visit the series website.

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