American Chestnut Conservation Workshop Planned

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On Sunday May 27, from 1 to 5 pm, the Bradford County Conservation District, in partnership with the Bradford/Sullivan Forest Landowners Association, will facilitate a free program open to the public concerning the history, former uses, ecological importance, threats to, and restoration efforts associated with the American chestnut tree.

This event will start with a quick presentation on the history of the American chestnut, followed by a driving tour of some of the local chestnut restoration plantings for which BCCD and BSFLA have partnered over the past year. Lastly, participants will also get the unique opportunity on this tour to view some of the largest surviving American chestnut trees still growing on the landscape of Bradford County’s woodlands.

Please join us as Dan Rhodes, Education Coordinator for BCCD, shares many historical photos, information, and personal experiences associated with efforts to return this once all-important tree to its former prevalence in the area, and to find out how you can join in and help make it a reality.

Space is limited to 50 for the indoor portion of this program, so you must RSVP in advance to make sure you will have a seat. The outdoor ‘driving tour’ portion of the program however, does not require an RSVP. Please be advised that some of the American chestnut trees that will be shown to participants along the driving tour will require participants to walk short distances across sometimes somewhat steep and/or uneven terrain. Please call 570-265-5539 ext. 6 or email to reserve your spot today.

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