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Virtual Hike and Tree Aging/ID with a Master Naturalist
June 15 @ 8:00 am – June 21 @ 5:00 pm
This virtual hike is an opportunity to meet and learn from New River Gorge Ranger Chance Raso! He is extremely knowledgeable about trees! Our plan is to learn to identify trees and better understand what has happened in the life of each tree! It will be great fun!
Along the way, Master Naturalist and Active SWV Community Captain Linda Stein will show you how to measure trees to determine age.
What does “virtual” mean? This means you will check in online with this event page to interact with the Community Captains and rangers. You will walk and hike on your own following safety guidelines for your local area. Anyone can participate!
We are asking everyone to find their favorite trail, field, yards, or just go on a stroll through you neighborhood and measure trees with us. Take a photo and post it in the event page of you identifying and measuring your favorite tree.
Estimate a Tree’s Age
Wrap a string or tape measures around the tree at about four and a half feet above the ground. This measurement is the tree’s circumference. Write down this measurement.
Use the circumference to find the diameter of the tree. The formula for finding diameter is: Diameter = circumference divided by 3.14 (pi).
Determine the age of the tree by multiplying the diameter by the growth factor. Here are the growth factor rates for some common trees:
American Beech 6
American Sycamore 4
Northern red Oak 4
Red Maple 4.5
White Oak 5
Tulip Tree 3
Sweet Gum 4
White Pine 5
Shag Bark Hickory 7.5
For example, a Silver Maple has a circumference of 20 inches. The diameter (20 divided by 3.14) is 6.369. The diameter (6.369) x growth factor (3.0) = 19.108. The tree is approximately 19 years old.
Anne Mulligan, How to Tell the Age of a Tree Without Cutting it Down
New River Gorge Master Naturalists
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L. Stein 5/21/20
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