Outdoor

Marie McAden

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

You don’t need leaves to identify a tree

Posted 2/19/2013 5:32:00 PM

Can’t tell a sycamore from a sassafras without its leaves? Learn how to identify trees without their warm-weather wardrobe.

A Paris Mountain State Park ranger will show you how you can determine the species of a tree using other identifying characteristics like branches and bark.

The Tree Identification program takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Paris Mountain Park Center near Greenville. Cost of the class is $5 and includes admission to the park.

You’ll need to register in advance to participate. Call the park office at (864) 244-5565 or email ctaylor@scprt.com.

And while you’re there, hit one of the park’s 15 miles of trails and get up close and personal with the woodland wonders. A new study by the U.S. Forest Service shows that exposure to trees can improve human health. The findings are published in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Naked or not, the trees will make you feel better — and the exercise will make your heart happy. Want to learn more about the Upcountry's Paris Mountain State Park? Click here to read a blog I wrote about it.