Restoration of the American chestnut is meeting focus

NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO — The Feb. 1 meeting of the East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) will feature Dr. Greg Miller of The American Chestnut Foundation. He will discuss the latest developments in restoring blight-resistant American chestnuts to private forests.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

The chestnut tree was a dominant species of the eastern U.S., providing valuable timber and nuts, until it was nearly wiped out by a non-native blight in the 1900s. In the last decade, significant strides have been made toward its restoration.

ECOFA is an organization of persons interested in improving their woodlands and in forestry-related topics. The public is invited to attend the free meetings, which are held the first Wednesday of every month at McDonald-Marlite Conference Center, 143 McDonald Drive N.W. in New Philadelphia.

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