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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee great addition for amateur naturalists

A deer hunter finds an acorn in the woods and wants to know what species of oak it came from; a hiker encounters an unfamiliar shrub at trail side covered in distinctive foliage and colorful berries. Even for experienced outdoor enthusiasts, the diversity of the natural world provides a continual source of amazement. Identification of woody plants — trees, shrubs, and woody vines — is...

New book on Kentucky and Tennessee woody plants helps identify species in winter months

      Throughout our history, woody plants — trees, shrubs and woody vines — have been one of our most common natural resources, providing such basics as food, clothing, housing and medicines. Being able to identify different species is an important skill, and one that is put to the test during the winter months when a lack of leaves and fruit complicate the problem.   To address...