Sat., Oct. 21 MD Chapter, American Chestnut Foundation Annual Meeting

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The Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) will hold its annual meeting Sat., Oct. 21. The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Urbana Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick, MD.

The meeting is free and open to the public; membership in TACF is not required. It offers the public an opportunity to meet American chestnut tree enthusiasts and learn about efforts to save this classic native American tree.

Two Speakers to Address Group

There will be two special speakers. Tom Saielli, TACF’s regional science coordinator for MD/VA/WV, will present an update on the latest research and developments related to blight-resistant American chestnut trees and their suitability for restoration in MD forests.

The second and keynote speaker will be Dr. Fred Hebard, long-time chief scientist of TACF and now chief scientist emeritus. He is considered as a legend by many in the field.

Dr. Hebard’s talk is titled “Forty-Five Years Working to Develop Blight Resistance in American Chestnut.” He will focus on the status of the TACF backcross breeding program and its prospects. He will also discuss the role of hypovirulence in blight control and the biology of large American chestnut trees, some of which have survived the blight for more than 85 years.

There will be a brief business meeting including a chapter officer elections for 2018. The meeting includes a free, light buffet lunch and snacks. A limited number of free chestnut seeds and seedlings will be available.

The event will be held in the library’s meeting room on the lower level.

For more information, please contact Gary Carver, President of the Maryland Chapter of TACF, which includes Delaware and Washington, D.C., at

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