Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Thursday, March 26th for a presentation entitled Restoring the Mighty Giant: Creating Resistance to Two Pathogens. Up until a century ago, American chestnut was considered one of the most prominent foundation species throughout the eastern hardwood forests. The accidental introduction of “chestnut blight” and “ink disease” resulted in the functional loss of American chestnut throughout its range. Learn how The American Chestnut Foundation has developed a chestnut tree resistant to “chestnut blight” and is well on its way to developing a resistance to “ink disease.”
The presenter is Tom Saielli, Southern Regional Science Coordinator of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). Tom oversees the organization’s Southeast region which includes the TACF state chapters of KY, TN, NC/SC (Carolina’s), AL and GA.
The program is the March edition of CMLC’s Speaker Series—held monthly across the land trust’s service area of Henderson, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties. It will be held at the Transylvania County Public Library from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The event is co-sponsored by the NC Cooperative Extension. It is free and open to the public.
For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-697-5777.
“This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Transylvania County Library or Government.”
CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 28,000 acres of naturally significant lands in our mountains.