Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Restoration of the American Chestnut Webinar

The American chestnut, Castanea dentata, was one of the most abundant and important tree species of the eastern deciduous forest of North America for thousands of years, until decimated by chestnut blight, a disease caused by an exotic fungus, Cryphonectria parasitica. Come learn about some of the recent progress made to restore the highly-prized American chestnut.

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Oct 17, 2012 12:00 pm US/Eastern
Length: 01:00   (hh:mm)


  • Stacy Clark, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Knoxville, TN;
  • Bryan Burhans, The American Chestnut Foundation, Asheville, NC;


  • International Society of Arboriculture - 1 hour Other Credit   [credits applied for]
  • Society of American Foresters - 1 hour Category 1 Credit

The chestnut blight fungus, Cryphonectria parasitica, has virtually eliminated the American chestnut as a commercial species from eastern hardwood forests. Although roots from trees cut or killed many years ago continue to produce sprouts that survive to the sapling stage before being killed, there is no indication that a cure for this disease will be found.


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