Friday, July 24, 2009

The American Chestnut: Restoring Forest Majesty

The American Chestnut: Restoring Forest Majesty, is the final in a series of seminars being held at Shenandoah National Park this year.

The American chestnut once graced eastern forests in grand splendor. This mighty giant all but disappeared last century as a result of a fungus introduced from Asia. It’s estimated that the total number of chestnut trees in eastern North America was over three billion, and that 25 percent of the trees in the Appalachian Mountains were American chestnut. Very few large trees remain today.

The seminar at Shenandoah will give you an opportunity to meet with scientists, researchers, and park rangers to learn about the historical profile and current status of the American chestnut. Explore the cause of the chestnut blight and on-going genetic research. Learn about the chestnut breeding program and the steps The American Chestnut Foundation is taking to re-establish this majestic tree. The seminar will include field study and hands-on activities.

The seminar will be held Saturday, August 22, and will be held rain or shine. There’s a $30 registration fee, with space limited to just 20 people.

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