Mounting and Displaying
Interpretive Identification Fiberglass Panels

If displayed in direct Ultra Violet sunlight the fiberglass panels will show some
fading after a few years. They will still be readable but will lose some brilliance.

Nature Trail Tree Identification Signs on treated wood pedestals.

Protective Hinged Lid
Using a lid aids learning by having students not first look at the sign but at the tree or plant. It also protects the sign from UV direct sunlight.

With the hinge mounted backwards and the pedestal at an angle, the lid will not remain open.

Hole Auger
A 3 & 1/4 inch bucket auger makes a perfect hole for a 2 X4 post.

Building your post/pedstal and mounting

Cutting the Post
A 12 foot 2 by 4 (pressure treated) will make 3 post each 49 inches tall. Cut the top of the post at a 45 degree angle. These can be insalled at a height of 34 inches, with 15 inches in the post hole secured with concrete. An easy way to do the concrete is to pour dry sacrete mix into the hole around the post and then pour in water. Just leave it and it will cure making a solid mounting.

Cutting the Boards
Using a 5/4 inch X 6 inch decking board (pressure treated) cut two lengths 1 inch longer than the width of the sign (for a 4" X 9" sign = 10 inch board) one for the mounting base and one for the hinged lid. Note: Freshly treated pine lumber will shrink as it dries. It is best to use treated lumber that has already dried as mounting the sign panel before the wood shrinks can result in the panel bowing up as the wood shrinks. If this happens loosen one end of the panel and re-attach into new holes.

Building the Post
Mark the center of the mounting base board and drill two holes at an angle for screwing to the post.

Building the Post
Using two 3 inch decking screws, fasten the mounting base board to the post.

Building the Post
Use one or two hinges (3/4 inch X 2 inch hinges) it is best to use longer screws than the ones that come with the hinges for attaching the hinges to the mounting base and lid. Best to use Stainless Steel srews for mount the sign panels.

Building the Post
Attach the hinge as shown, backwards from a regular door installation, that way the lid will not flop over, but will return closed when let go after installing the post upright.

Building the Post
With the hinge backward the lid will not flop over.

Attaching the Panel
Option 1. Drill holes in the corners of the sign panel and install with stainless steel screws.
Option 2. Attach the sign panel using an adheasive or epoxy (Liquid Nails in a caulking tube works well).

Along the Trail
Installed post/pedestals along the trail.

Signs as used for an environmental education project.

Weather Proof Tree Identification Signs Produced by
David Arthur

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This website has been developed by David Arthur

Images used in producing the "Tree ID" signs placed along the trail and depicted on this page came from several sources and are all copyrighted.
We have used copyrighted images with permission from the owners at:

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Dendrology ,

Auburn University - Dendrology, photographer Mike Hogan,

Other images were produced by David Arthur

Copyright (c) 2014 - 2018 David Arthur.

This page was last updated on March 5, 2018