Arbor Day program highlights American chestnut restoration

Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday of April, and is the perfect time to celebrate some successful experiments of a tree native to North America. Join us for a presentation on the restoration efforts to save the American chestnut at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at PPL’s Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.

Local foresters Robin Wildermuth and Josh Flad, along with other volunteers, have assisted the American Chestnut Foundation in efforts to breed a blight-resistant line of American chestnut to re-establish this tree in our native forests. The presentation will review efforts to locate surviving local chestnuts, produce “back cross” seedlings through controlled pollination and test these seedlings in a local orchard. The orchard will contribute regionally adapted parent trees to restore the chestnut to its former range, which included the Pocono Plateau.

For directions to this event, please visit http://www.pplpreserves.com, click on “Lake Wallenpaupack,” then select “Directions.”

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