The American Chestnut: When Will It Flourish Again?


Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:00am to 12:30pm


Weld Hill Research Building

The American chestnut could be the first tree ever restored to its native forest after suffering from a devastating airborne blight in the early 1900s that killed billions of trees.

Join us for a thought-provoking gathering as experts share perspectives on the history of American chestnut (Castanea dentata), its significance as a forest species, and subsequent decimation by an invasive blight pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica. Ongoing research in blight tolerance and the addition of blight-tolerant genes are the prognosis for this tree’s future.

Special speakers include:

• Dr. David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest

• Ms. Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration at The American Chestnut Foundation

• Dr. William Powell, Professor and Director of Council on Biotechnology and Forestry at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

• Dr. Jared Westbrook, Director of Science at The American Chestnut Foundation

A panel discussion will follow the lectures:

Introduction by Ms. Lisa Thomson, President and CEO of The American Chestnut Foundation

Panel participants will include each speaker as well as Edward Faison, Senior Ecologist at Highstead Arboretum

Fee $20 per person (Free for students)
Event takes place at the Arnold Arboretum's WELD HILL RESEARCH BUILDING, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale, MA

Register at or call 617-384-5277.