American chestnut restoration

Mar 02, 2014
Courtesy of: American Chestnut Association

Camden — The Maine chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation will hold a workshop about its efforts to restore the American chestnut to Maine’s forests at Merryspring Nature Center Saturday, March 8, beginning at 9 a.m.

This free workshop will explore ME-TACF’s program to develop blight-resistant American chestnut trees. The workshop will begin with a slideshow and discussion about the importance, decline, and research toward the return of the American chestnut by Brian Roth, associate director of the Cooperative Forest Research Unit at University of Maine-Orono.

After the presentation, attendees will head outside to view the chestnut breeding orchard at Merryspring, followed by a car-trip to one of the newest chestnut orchards in Hope.

This workshop is presented by the Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine and is open to public free of charge.

To learn more about this workshop, please call 542-9910. For information about Merryspring call 236-2239, email or visit the website

Comments (1)
Posted by: William Pease | Mar 03, 2014 11:51

Bravo to the Maine chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation for contributing to the restoration of the beautiful American Chestnut tree by working to help develop a blight-resistant variety of this nearly extinct tree.

I'm old enough to remember seeing this tree in Lindsey Grove between Talbot Avenue & upper Limerock Street where I grew up in the 1930's-50's. I particularly remember one day, probably in the mid 1940's, when I was wandering in the Grove and looked up to see a female Great Horned Owl (and they are BIG birds) glaring down at me. She was a beauty, as was the tree she was in. May the American Chestnut tree and the Great Horned Owl both continue to thrive to amaze us with their beauty.

Bill Pease, Lancaster, PA

(but a Rocklander, still, in my heart)


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