Specialists from UW Extension, the Rocky Mountain Herbarium and the UW Biodiversity Institute led a “Tree and Shrub Walk” on Sunday, January 30th in the Medicine Bow National Forest at the Happy Jack Trailhead. More than 30 people gathered to identify evergreen trees and shrubs on a cold winter day. “The goal of our plant walks is to give everyone opportunities to learn the species visible at different times of year,” said Dr. Kristina Hufford in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. David Tank, who recently joined the Rocky Mountain Herbarium as a UW Botany Professor and Herbarium Director, enjoyed the walk. “For me,” said Tank, “it was great to meet other plant enthusiasts in the area.” Anyone interested should keep an eye out for future plant walks advertised through the UW Biodiversity Institute Facebook page and other social media accounts.
Ernie Nelson, Rocky Mountain Herbarium curator (right, center) introduces the group to mountain big sage (Artemisia tridentata v. vaseyana) during the January 2022 UW Tree and Shrub Walk.