SUNY ESF Alumni Sponsor the Return of the American Chestnut
On April 18, test trees of American chestnut produced by the Restoration Project at ESF will be planted at an event at the New York Botanical Garden, the place where chestnut blight was first discovered in 1904. The Research Project has more than 100 varieties either in field trials or waiting to be tested. The event will include a lecture on chestnut trees at 3 p.m. followed by a planting of trees at 4:30 and a reception and dinner at 6:00 in the renovated stone mill at the garden. Fees are $31 for the lecture and $100 for the dinner. Reservations are required and sponsorships are encouraged. If you are interested contact the ESF alumni office at 315-470-6632 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s hope this is the beginning of the return of the American chestnut tree to our eastern forests.