You selected a Paper Birch:
2-4 in. long, 1 ½ -2 in. wide. Ovate; long-pointed; base rounded or obtuse; saw-toothed; dull dark green above, light yellow-green beneath; fall color light yellow.
Brownish catkins in twos or threes; tiny; in early spring.
Chestnut brown; with scales; downy on margins.
Chalky to creamy white; smooth; thin; with long horizontal lines; separating into papery strips to reveal orange inner bark.
Transcontinental across North America from Alaska to Labrador; south to New York, west to Oregon; also in Colorado and western North Carolina. Native to Vermont.
Cones are 1 ½-2 in., narrow and cylindrical, hang on slender
stalk. Souvenirs of birch bark should only be taken from fallen
logs, since stripping bark from living trees leaves permanent black