Wed, Feb 12|
February: Restoring the American Chestnut
Restoring the American Chestnut, Once an Essential Tree in the Eastern Forests
Time & Location
Feb 12, 2020, 6:30 PM
Unity Kitchen, 93 Main St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
About The Event
The American chestnut tree reigned over 200 million acres of eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont plateau in the Carolinas west to the Ohio Valley, until succumbing to a lethal fungus infestation, known as the chestnut blight, during the first half of the 20th century. It was an essential component of the entire eastern U.S. ecosystem. A late- flowering, reliable, and productive tree, unaffected by seasonal frosts, it was the single most important food source for a wide variety of wildlife from bears to birds. Rural communities depended upon the annual nut harvest as a cash crop to feed livestock. The chestnut lumber industry was a major sector of rural economies. tive range is a major restoration project that requires a multi faceted effort involving members and volunteers, research, sustained fun. The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is committed to restoring the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society.