Visitors Get a "Taste" of SRS Science at North Carolina Arbor Day Celebration
To draw people in at a public event, bring cookies! In this case, the event was the North Carolina Arbor Day celebration held at North Carolina State University on March 18. And the cookies were not edible, but crowd pleasers nonetheless. Eastern Threat Center scientists Michael Gavazzi, Qinfeng Guo, Jennifer Moore Myers, and Ge Sun and Southern Research Station (SRS) project leader Jeff Prestemon staffed an exhibit table featuring loblolly pine tree “cookies” to demonstrate how counting tree growth rings can provide an estimate of tree age and insight into growing conditions. The group also shared handouts and other products with local citizens and visitors of all ages interested in SRS research and technology that support the purpose of North Carolina’s Arbor Day observance: to beautify and conserve the state’s trees.