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The Resurgence of the American Chestnut: A Grassroots Effort to Save one of America’s Iconic Trees

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


This program is co-sponsored by the New Canaan Land Trust and New Canaan Library. Please register on the Library’s event page (link coming soon).

The American chestnut was once the dominant tree in our forests. A century ago, it was eradicated from the landscape by a fungal blight and declared functionally extinct. Learn the story of the American chestnut and the efforts to bring this iconic tree back to the eastern woodlands with Jack Swatt, CT Chapter President of the American Chestnut Foundation.

First, Jack will provide an introductory lesson at the Library, covering the history and current restoration efforts around the American chestnut. The lecture will be held in the Lamb room, and run from 10:30-11:30am.

After, Jack will lead a guided walk through one of the New Canaan Land Trust’s preserves, giving participants the opportunity to see some of the few remaining American chestnut trees in New Canaan. The walk will run from noon until 1pm. Participants joining for the walk should dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces.


October 17
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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New Canaan Land Trust
New Canaan Library
American Chestnut Foundation – CT Chapter


New Canaan Library
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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