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Our objective at Forestry Press is to provide the most accurate information on Vermont’s trees and in subsequent editions to keep pace with new findings.
So what makes Forest Trees of Vermont so unique and different from other dendrology books?
First, Forest Trees of Vermont only includes trees that are native to Vermont’s forests, or were introduced and have since become part of Vermont’s forests. Imported landscape trees, except in cases where they have become invasive and the dominant or co-dominant trees in the forest, have been excluded.
Next, Forest Trees of Vermont is water resistant and spiral bound for greater hardiness and easier access in the woods, the classroom, and the living room.
While most tree identification books use sketches for leaves, petioles, fruits, flowers, and shape, nothing is better than full-color pictures. The Forestry Press team felt that having both color photographs and sketches would be the most ideal for its users. In addition, with the help of QR codes, even more information is avaiable immediatley on your smart phone or tablet.
With regard to tree locations, we chose not to use a map since climate changes even in the past 50 years have shifted the boundaries of many tree species’ territories. Rather, we decided to reference Vermont’s counties as well as well-known natural regions such as the Champlain Valley, the Northeast Kingdom, the Connecticut River Valley, and the Green Mountains, for approximate locations.
Finally,we wanted to produce a tree identification reference book for a variety of users, including high-school students in botany or biology classes; college students with environmental and forestry majors or who are just taking a dendrology course; children at Vermont’s summer camps; Vermont landowners seeking to learn more about their forest properties; consulting or county foresters; scouts working for their merit badges; and tourists visiting Vermont to admire the brilliant color changes in fall and autumn or Vermont’s beautiful trees in the spring, summer, and winter.
To enhance the book’s interest, particularly to younger generations, we made every effort to include a few unique features and facts related to historical and contemporary uses of the tree with each description.
While Forest Trees of Vermont is not intended to be about forest ecology or silviculture, the appendixes contain information that will help you in your exploration and identification of Vermont’s trees and forests. We have limited the appendixes to information we believe will be most beneficial to you while you are exploring Vermont’s forests.
Using this book to learn to identify trees, and to learn about trees and forests, can help to keep your children physically and mentally healthy and can be a great family activity. What fun it can be to explore the Vermont woods and see the diversity of trees! Can you identify one of the earliest to blossom in the spring – the serviceberry? Did you know that one shrub-like tree (witch hazel) does not blossom until the fall? Some – like poplars (aspens), cherries, and white birch – are fast-growing ‘pioneers’ that thrive in the full sun following a forest fire or timber harvest. Others, like our state tree in Vermont, the sugar maple, can take root in deep shade and grow slowly for hundreds of years.”
We hope that you will take the time to enjoy Vermont’s trees, and to use the wealth of information in this book to educate yourselves, your friends, your children, and your students about this marvelous, renewable resource that is essential to Vermont’s quality of life. Our hope is that Forest Trees of Vermont not only helps you to identify and learn more about each tree to the level of understanding that you desire, but that it enhances your enjoyment and forms a connection to the forests of Vermont.
Posted by Tanya Sousa on 26th May 2015
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NEW BOOK ON VERMONT TREES HAS TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE
I’ve used a number of tree or wildlife identification books in my lifetime, but when I picked up my copy of “Forest Trees of Vermont” by Trevor Evans (published by Forestry Press), I was surprised by how much information was packed into a deceptively slim volume. The pages don’t only contain drawings of trees and their parts, but full-color photographs so there’s no mistaken identification. However, there was still much more to the book than I knew when I first held it, and technology is a large part of what made that possible.
Each tree species’ page ends with two QR codes – one for more information from the USDA and one that connects the researcher to the USDA Silvics Manual. Since the first offers 2,100 pages of information and the second 1,800, it would be too difficult to carry that information in book form far into the woods. With “Forest Trees of Vermont”, I’ve been able to carry the one volume and its basic descriptions of each tree and it’s bark, fruit, seeds, leaves, flowers and twigs. However, if I want to know what soil type and PH a tree prefers, I am welcome to scan the code and find out more – right there in the deep woods.
Another surprise to me was how easy the book is to use in the forest. If I pull one of my other books out of my pack, I have to struggle to keep a page open to the one I need. This one has spiral binding so I am able to flip to the page I want, flat and
ready, with no issues. I am able to set it down without losing the page as well. It’s one of those details that publishers of identification books don’t always consider.
This unique blend of common sense and technology are just the large points, but many fine details set this title apart. There are interesting historical facts, for instance. Do you know why there were often two maple trees planted in front of old Vermont houses in days gone by? I do now. Also, there’s a sensible nod to changing climate in the structure of the book. As a once avid flower gardener, for instance, I was often frustrated with charts that broke the state into zones of where things would grow and where they would not. For one thing, there were so many microclimates, it didn’t seem to ring true in reality. Also, the climate has already changed so much in 50 years, and is still doing so rapidly, that typical maps that exist showing where trees exist and where they are less apt to are not necessarily accurate. Therefore, the author and publisher decided to break the book down by counties as well as well-known natural regions such as “The Champlain Valley”, “The Northeast Kingdom”, “The Connecticut River Valley” and “The Green Mountains” for approximate locations.
Forestry Press is technically based in Tennessee but has undeniably deep and strong Vermont roots. Author Trevor Evans is a certified Tree Farmer in Vermont. He served as President of Vermont Coverts 2011, has been Treasurer of Vermont Woodlands Association since 2012, and has been a NPAC member of American Forest Foundation since 2012. Even before that he was recognized as the Vermont Outstanding Tree Farmer of the year for 2009. He was the Northeast
Regional American Forest Foundation Tree Farmer of the year in 2010.
The blend of dendrology and technology in this identification book was natural for Evans. He not only has that experience with trees, but worked for years with computer systems. The marriage of the being in nature while using today’s technology to understand it better made sense, and he hopes will bring more people to the trees he loves. I know this from his words in the introduction: “I hope that you will take time to enjoy Vermont’s trees, and to use the wealth of information in this book to educate yourselves, your friends, your children, and your students about this marvelous, renewable resource that is essential to Vermont’s quality of life. Our hope is that “Forest Trees of Vermont” not only helps you to identify and learn more about each tree to the level of understanding you desire, but that it enhances your enjoyment and forms a connection to the forests of Vermont.”
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