The spring meeting of the Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation will be at the Rockville Izaac Walton League of America on March 18 at 10:30 a.m. (The Rockville IWLA is on 18301 Waring Station Road in Gaithersburg.)
The meeting is free and open to the public.
The meeting will begin with an update on chestnut restoration science, state chapter progress, and current happenings at TACF by our regional science coordinator, Tom Saielli. Tom will highlight progress and plans of the Maryland Chapter.
Our featured speaker will be TACF forester Michael French. Michael’s talk is entitled “Application of the Forestry Reclamation Approach to Restore American Chestnut on Surface-Mined Lands.”
Michael will review the history of mined-land reforestation and current best management practices for restoration. He will describe examples of projects of The American Chestnut Foundation in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative and Green Forests Work. He will also describe TACF’s use of the Maryland Chapter’s seed harvests for the Pure American Program and for other projects.