The “Let’s Talk About Parks” series is designed to encourage exploration and discovery of Pittsburgh’s urban parks.

With most tree leaves now on the ground — and unseasonably warm December weather — now is a great time for the secret world of tree bark to have its moment in the sun.

A winter hike in Frick, Highland, Riverview or Schenley Park is a great way to see myriad types of bark and to use bark characteristics to identify trees. The ridges, furrows, colors and textures of bark often can tell you the exact species of a tree. Our city parks have a wide palette of trees with wonderfully distinct bark.

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