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Fern identification workshop at Athol tree farm Sept. 7

Published: 8/30/2019 9:37:14 PM
Modified: 8/30/2019 9:37:06 PM

ATHOL — How many times have you seen a group of ferns in the woods and wondered what species they are? Knowing more about the different types of ferns and how they affect the natural environment can help us be better stewards of our woods.

Vermont forester Lynn Levine, working with illustrator Briony Morrow-Cribbs, has created a handy guide to Northeast ferns that you can carry in your back pocket and use in the woods. Their 74-page guide, “Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast,” provides drawings and text on how to identify 25 fern species, both by the shape and type of leaves, and the habitats in which they are found.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, Levine will lead a Massachusetts Forest Trust workshop on Fern Identification at Ben and Susie Feldman’s tree farm in Athol from 9 to 11 a.m., weather permitting. Participants will each get a copy of her new guidebook, and learn how to use it to identify fern species.

The cost of the workshop is $25 per person, $20 for MFA members, and includes a copy of the fern identification guide. In case of bad weather, the rain date will be Sept. 8 th at the same time.

Participants can register by calling Greg Cox at 413-339-5526 or emailing Attendees must pre-register.

The Feldman Tree Farm is located at 586 Briggs Rd.Take Route 32 south from Route 2 and turn left onto Briggs Road. The Tree Farm is at the end of the road.

For more information about the fern guide, visit

The Massachusetts Forest Trust is a non-profit forest conservation organization that educates landowners, loggers, foresters and others about good forest management and safety. The Forest Trust is part of the Massachusetts Forest Alliance and is the sponsor for the Tree Farm Program in Massachusetts.

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