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Thursday, October 8
The loss of the American chestnut as a functional component of eastern deciduous forests was one of the greatest ecological disasters in recent history. However, this iconic tree is not extinct, and John Wenderoth, past president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, presents the results of extensive breeding programs to develop disease-resistant strains and the efforts of Mt. Cuba Center and Tyler Arboretum to save this species from extinction.
*Please note that this class was previous slated to go until noon, but it will be finished by 11:30.
About the Instructor:
John Wenderoth earned a master’s degree in regional planning and economics at the University of Pennsylvania, after which he worked for several USDA agencies. He is a past board president of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation and has volunteered at Tyler Arboretum to maintain an American chestnut orchard.