New booklet on Alaska trees makes identification easy

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010

JUNEAU - A fun, easy-to-use tree identification booklet is now available from the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation.

The booklet, "What Tree is That?," helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The booklet features hand-drawn, botanical illustrations highlighting the distinct characteristics of many tree species. The booklet explains what to look for in the shape of the leaves and differences in the leaf stems and twig structures, specifics on the fruits and flowers, and the details of buds and bark.

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering this booklet to help people identify trees in Alaska and throughout the Western region of the United States.

"'What Tree Is That?' is an ideal resource to help people have a greater appreciation for trees," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The educational mission of the Arbor Day Foundation is to help people enjoy and appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that."

To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name and address and $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at The booklet is also available in an online interactive version at

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