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‘Whitham Woods: Tree Hike’ planned Saturday

May 17, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey will lead the “Whitham Woods: Tree Hike” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park.

Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey will lead the “Whitham Woods: Tree Hike” beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Whitham Woods.

Cummiskey will give an an introduction to just a handful of the over 100 species of trees that can be found in the park.

Whitham Woods, one mile west of Fairfield on Highway 34, is the original site of the C.W. Whitham Nursery. The land was donated to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation in 1980 by Daisy Whitham, and then turned over to the Jefferson County Conservation Board on a management-lease agreement.

Many of the original nursery plantings have grown to maturity, creating an interesting diversification of plant materials. The park has approximately 111 different species of trees, including 18 species of conifers and fruit trees, such as apple, peach, pear and plum. The north half of the area is covered by oak and hickory timber, providing habitat for deer, squirrels, rabbits and various nongame bird species.

Whitham Woods: Tree Hike, which is co-sponsored by the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners program, will last an hour and is a free program.

Participants should meet near the parking lot.

For additional information about Whitham Woods, visit the website www.jeffersoncountyconservation.com.


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