All county residents are invited to enjoy a unique presentation on the proper care of trees, presented by a pair of tree experts, on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Apalachicola.

The lecture, sponsored by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Apalachicola Planning and Zoning Board, and city of Apalachicola, will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Benedict Hall on Sixth Street and Avenue D.

Whether it is a 200 year-old moss-draped oak, or a huge magnolia, the urban forest contributes aesthetically to the city’s overall appeal and historic landscape. Trees also provide shade, add value to homes, and offer many ecological benefits. Tree experts Stan Rosenthal and Sam Hand will discuss tree biology, tree care above and below the ground, common problems and how to solve them, plus modern dangers trees face.

Rosenthal retired from the University of Florida-IFAS forestry extension agent in Leon County, where he had worked since 1995. Prior he worked for the Florida Division of Forestry in Leon County and other areas of Florida. He has a bachelors of science degree in forest management from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point., is TRAQ certified (Tree Risk Assessment Qualification) by the International Society of Arboriculture, and has won numerous awards, including the Forester of the Year.

Hand is an associate professor of extension at Florida A&M University, a registered landscape architect and consulting arborist, and a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.

For more information, call Anita Grove at 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us