On Saturday, January 27 at 10:00 am, the Rindge Conservation Commission will sponsor a presentation by the American Chestnut Foundation on efforts to restore the American chestnut tree. The presentation will take place at the Rindge Community Center/Recreation Center on Wellington Road in Rindge. Join Wildlife Biologist, Curt Laffin, as he discusses the history and demise of this tree and promising efforts by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore it locally and throughout its historic range.
Less than 100 years ago eastern U.S. forests were dominated by large American chestnut trees. By the 1950s this population was reduced to short-lived stump sprouts. These trees reined over 200 million acres of eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley, until succumbing to a lethal fungus disease, chestnut blight. An estimated 4 billion American chestnuts, one quarter of the hardwood tree population, grew within this range prior to the blight.
This presentation will explain what caused the problem and how it is being addressed to restore these trees to our woodlands.
In the spring, the Rindge Conservation Commission, as part of the Rindge’s 250th Anniversary, will plant some blight resistant chestnut trees in various parts of the town.