Tin Mountain to present 'Conifers of New Hampshire: Natural History and Identification' nature program Nov. 18


ALBANY — Tin Mountain Conservation Center will be presenting the nature program "Conifers of New Hampshire: Natural History and Identification" with David Govatskion Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany.

The morning session will be a slide lecture presentation and the afternoon session is a field session, so wear sturdy shoes. Those interested are welcome to come to the morning session, afternoon session or both.

In this program participants will learn about the natural history of native New Hampshire conifers and how to identify them. The term conifer is a Latin word, a compound of conus (cone) and ferre (to bear), meaning one that bears cones. There are about 97 species of native conifer trees in the United States of which 13 are found in New Hampshire.

Conifers are fascinating woody plants. The world’s oldest, tallest and largest trees are all conifers. Govatski, an unabashed conifer lover, will briefly discuss the difference between gymnosperms that include conifers and angiosperms that produce seeds typically inside of fruit. Particpants will also learn how to tell the difference between male and female cones.

The conifers to be identified and studies include: northern white cedar; balsam fir; eastern hemlock; eastern red cedar; eastern larch; eastern white pine; red pine; pitch pine; Jack pine; black spruce; red spruce; white spruce; and Atlantic white cedar.

Govatski is a forester by vocation and a naturalist by avocation.

Reservations are preferred by calling Tin Mountain at (603) 447-6991