This course is designed as a supplement and complement to the Basic Tree Identification course. Where the basic course covered concepts and terminology of tree identification, this advanced identification workshop will expand upon those concepts and techniques, and cover individual species common to our area. We will be going over identification characteristics of common trees in the region.
Proper tree management starts with knowing the tree you’re managing. When trying to recommend an appropriate treatment, diagnosing an issues, or understanding how a tree will respond to a change in condition, identifying the tree you’re dealing with is the first step.
The workshop will be inside for the first third or less, and will go outside to cover individual species. However, to make the course as useful as possible, attendees should choose a few species or genre that they want to examine. The workshop will be hands on, and questions and interaction is encouraged.
Please bring proper attire for standing and taking notes in inclement weather.
Location: Clackamas Community College, Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR 97045
8:30am: Arrival, coffee, networking
9:00am – 10:30am: Review Basics of Tree ID (terminology, concepts, techniques).
Further examination of fruit and flowers; Comparisons between genera; Comparison between species.
10:30am – 11:30am: Walk through the trees, hands-on ID focused on concepts and common species
12:00pm – 3:00pm: Walk through the trees, hands-on ID focused on concepts and common species
What to Bring:
Notebook for sketches and notes
Favorite ID books
Clothing for all weather situations
J. Casey Clapp works as a Tree Inspector for the City of Portland, OR, and was previously a consultant with Tree Solutions, Inc. He specializes in tree identification, forest-wide and individual tree management, tree diagnostics, risk assessments, and tree cones. He holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Conservation with a focus in Forest Resources and Arboriculture (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management with a focus on Urban Forestry (Oregon State University). He’s been involved in urban forestry and arboriculture since 2010. Casey has been studying tree biology and dendrology since 2007, and has presented at conferences across the nation and internationally. He’s an ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor.