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American Chestnut Grower School set

March 22, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — If you have an interest in helping contribute to the eventual return of American chestnut to the forest ecosystems, the 2013 American Chestnut Grower School might be your cure for spring fever. 

The workshop will be held Friday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office in Franklin County, which is at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. 

There is a registration fee of $25 payable at the door.

To register or for more information, call 717-263-9226.

Directions are available at: http://extension.psu.edu/franklin/directions.

Workshop topics will include:

  •  American Chestnut, past, present and future
  •  The American Chestnut Foundation
  •  Site selection, your first consideration as a grower
  •  Establishment of American chestnut from seed
  •  Seedling protection and aftercare
  •  Common chestnut diseases and pests
  •  Participation in on-going site evaluation and pest surveys
  •  Other “Citizen Science” opportunities
Those indicating an interest in participating in on-going site evaluations and pest monitoring efforts will receive 10 open pollinated American chestnut seeds and protective seedling shelters with stakes, soil amendment mix, handout materials and light refreshments

The workshop will offer several opportunities to become involved in the foundation and other multistate chestnut research and restoration efforts.

Much of what participants learn will be useful in understanding the needs of other tree species, as well.

Participants will discover educational resources available to them, meet people with similar interests and have an opportunity to contribute to a worthy goal.

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