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Maine Tree Club Offers Outings and Education

Contact: Amy Witt, 207-780-4205

PORTLAND, Me.–Maine citizens and visitors can learn more about one of our state’s greatest resources by joining the Maine Tree Club, an educational project designed for people of all ages to learn about trees. The Maine Tree Club is a collaborative effort of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Forest Service and the Pine Tree State Arboretum.

The annual registration fee for the Maine Tree Club is $20 per person, $30 per couple, $35 per family and $65 per group of up to 15. A limited number of Maine Tree Club scholarships are available for those in need. There is no deadline for registration. Request a free informational brochure by calling UMaine Extension at 800-287-1471 or e-mailing lelwell@umext.maine.edu.

The Maine Tree Club is planning at least three outings around the state in 2008, beginning in spring, to get people into the woods for hands-on learning and enjoyment. These outings, guided by experts, are planned for the mountains and coastal regions as well as other parts of Maine. Through these outings and twice-monthly fact sheets featuring different Maine tree species, club members will learn to recognize 50 different types of trees over a period of two years, and will gain skills that can be applied in their own yards and communities.

Participants receive additional materials including a hand lens for close-up viewing of tree parts, an attractive notebook for the tree species fact sheets, a pocket guide to Maine trees and several practical guides related to tree growth and care.

“The Maine Tree Club has been a great way to reacquaint myself with the trees I grew up with and for so many years was distant from,” one club member said. Maine’s trees attract tourists by the thousands; support the state economy; and deliver constant inspiration to area artists, poets and naturalists. They are at the root of Maine’s identity.

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