Monday, June 22, 2009

'Remarkable Trees' Author to Speak

Jeff Kirwan (right), forestry professor at Virginia Tech and co-author of Remarkable Trees of Virginia, will give a Powerpoint presentation of this unusual, illustrated story of trees across the state for the History Museum of Western Virginia's Lecture Series June 23 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is at Christ Lutheran Church on the corner of Brandon Ave. and Grandin Rd. in Roanoke.

A review by Bill Hackworth (Roanoke City Attorney) in the June issue of Valley Business FRONT raved about the book.

Among the many handsome trees pictured in the 206-page book are an American elm at Roanoke Country Club; a redbud in Botetourt County; sweet birch and pignut hickory in Floyd County; sugar maple in Rockbridge County, and a black locust in Wythe County.

Kirwan, also a tree farmer and Extension specialist, coordinates the Virginia Big Tree Program and he leads a statewide 4-H and youth natural resources program. He serves on the state advisory committees for Project Learning Tree and the Master Naturalist Program.

He is a member of the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians on his native Eastern Shore of Maryland. His co-author of the book was Nancy Ross Hugo, an outdoor writer, author of Earth Works: Readings for Backyard Gardeners, who directs Flower Camp, an outdoor education center in Howardsville, Albemarle County.

This is the last in our lecture series for the Museum's year which ends June 30.

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