Once the mighty giants of the eastern forest, American chestnuts stood up to 100 feet tall, and numbered in the billions. From Maine to Georgia, the chestnut was a vital part of the eastern forest, provided abundant food for wildlife, and was an essential component of the economy. In the beginning of the 20th century the fungal pathogen responsible for chestnut blight, accidentally imported from Asia, spread rapidly through the eastern forests and by 1950 the fungus had eliminated the chestnut as a mature forest tree.
On Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 6-9 pm the Delmarva Restoration Branch of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) will hold their inaugural meeting at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, the site of the peninsula’s first chestnut education orchard.
The ticketed event will feature a casual, full-course dinner combined with a keynote presentation by Sara Fitzsimmons, TACF North Central Regional Science Coordinator. Other festivities include: local craft beer, live music, chestnut-related raffles, and door prizes. Each ticket purchased includes a 1-year membership in both TACF and Delaware Native Plant Society.
Ticketing options include: single tickets ($60); couple’s tickets ($80); youth tickets ($15); sponsor-level single tickets ($320); and sponsor-level couple’s tickets ($340). Sponsor-level tickets include QTY=4 Restoration 1.0 chestnut seeds. To purchase tickets, please contact Edward Crawford by phone at 703-901-4380 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.