Restoring the Once-Mighty Chestnut Tree
Date: 5/4/2011 - 5/5/2011
Nature Matters lecture for adults (18+) being held on May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville, Maryland. Gary P. Carver, president of the Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, will be giving a lecture on restoration of the American Chestnut. Once dominant in Eastern forests, the American chestnut tree provided light-but-strong and rot-resistant lumber, tannin, and prodigious quantities of nutritious nuts for people and wildlife. Beginning in the early 1900s, a devastating blight fungus imported on nursery stock from Asia killed an estimated 4 billion trees. Using blight-resistant genes from Chinese chestnuts and backcross-breeding with American chestnuts, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is producing nuts that become blight-resistant trees with American chestnut character. This is a free event; however, registration is required. You may register at ParkPASS.org. The event is #135715. For additional information contact Grace Yick, 301-258-4030.