Wed, Sep 14|
A Near Perfect Tree: Will Efforts Succeed To Restore The Iconic American Chestnut To The Eastern U.S. Forest?
John Meiklejohn, Board member of the MA/RI Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation and orchard manager, will talk about the history of the blighted American Chestnut tree and current efforts to restore it to our forests.
Time & Location
Sep 14, 2022, 7:00 PM
About the Event
In the early half of the 20th Century an imported blight nearly wiped out the dominant hardwood tree in the Eastern U.S. Nicknamed the “Redwood of the East”, the American Chestnut was a keystone species of the forest, supporting many wildlife species and humans alike. For several decades and using specialized breeding techniques, dedicated scientists and volunteers have been endeavoring to restore this valuable species to our woodlands. Join us to learn about their progress to date.
John Meiklejohn lives in Granville, MA where, since 2005, he has been the volunteer manager of first one and now two of the research orchards developed by the MA/RI Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. He also continues to serve, as he has for many years, on the MA/RI Chapter’s Board of Directors.
This event is hosted by the David & Joyce Milne Public Library and one of many Climate Preparedness Week events.