Identify maple, ash, oak, and more with easy-to-learn techniques .
Why does the world need another tree guide? How about one that distills the process into simple steps, focusing on key features like location, bark color, and branching patterns? Most identification guides assume a certain level of familiarity and rely on complex taxonomic deduction, which is why Mark Mikolas’s A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast is an invaluable resource—it truly teaches the basics. Mikolas simplifies tree identification by restricting the region covered to New England, the Mid-Atlantic States, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, where fewer than 20 species account for 95 percent of trees. He makes learning to recognize trees easy, even when buds and leaves are not present. Over 200 photographs demonstrate exactly what to look for, so you can differentiate red maple from sugar maple and spruce from balsam fir with ease. This is a book to keep close at hand wherever trees grow.