Very special thanks to...

Dan Perlman, for "inspiring" us to create this guide in the first place, and for sharing his love of the natural world with us, his Field Biology students.

Peter Kenlan, for being a fountain of good ideas and general wisdom, for viewing and critiquing draft upon draft of this site during its creation, and for loving trees.

Rob Jackel, for the use of his digital camera program, CD burner, time, and for being a continual source of amusement.

Deb Verhoff and the rest of the Instructional Technology Resource Center staff, for support with Adobe GoLive and Photoshop, and for trying to keep straight faces when we would wander in fifteen minutes before closing to scan dried leaves.

...and all of the rest of our friends for putting up with hours of tree-talk, even more hours of webpaging, random disappearances at the first hint of an unknown plant, and old sumac berries drying in dirty tupperware (I didn finally clean them up).

Whether it pleases you or infuriates you to know, this field guide wouldn't exist without you.


The three main books that aided us in the creation of this field guide were:

  • Gibbons, Euell. Stalking the Wild Asparagus. Putney: Hood, Alan C. & Company, Inc., 1987.
  • Peterson, Lee A. A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern and Central North America. New York: Houghton-Mifflin Company, 1977.
  • Petrides, George A. & Wehr, J. A Field Guide to Eastern Trees: Eastern United States and Canada, Including the Midwest. New York: Houghton-Mifflin Company, 1998.

Additionally, the following website was of great use to us (and might be to you as well):

Except where specifically noted, all text, photographs, and drawings copyright Chris Bersbach and Lisa Leombruni 2002. No part of this page may be reproduced without the express permission of the authors.