Restoration of the American Chestnut Tree
Learn about the American Chestnut tree and the research being done to restore this classic of the eastern hardwood forest, one of the most important trees in its range before it was devastated by the chestnut blight. Join the cause of the American Chestnut Foundation, which is working to restore this giant tree by actively breeding American Chestnuts for disease resistance and encouraging research in biological control.
• Assist in the process of aiding the American Chestnut’s comeback by performing disease inoculations of existing trees located at three research farms.
• Be a hands-on helper in the inoculation process, a precise exercise that requires teamwork among two or more participants.
• Enjoy a show at the world famous Barter Theatre, the state theatre of Virginia.
This is an important service project with hard work. The inoculation process is also repetitive. Breaks and snacks are provided along with restful afternoons and enjoyable evening activities.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Walking 2-3 miles per day on rugged, hilly terrain. 4-6 hours per day of outdoor activity requiring bending, kneeling and possible use of orchard ladders.