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      Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands Arbor Day Celebration & Program on the American Chestnut in Kingston


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      April 18, 2020

      Saturday   2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      145 Mapleton Rd.
      Kingston, New Jersey

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      Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands Arbor Day Celebration & Program on the American Chestnut

      This year’s Arbor Day celebration will begin with a presentation on the American chestnut by Mike Aucott in the Education Building at D&R Canal State Park Headquarters. Learn about the American chestnut’s glorious past, its grievous near-annihilation by blight, and the passionate movement to re-establish its place in our forests. We’ll follow with the planting of a three-foot chestnut sapling in the Mapleton Preserve. And, weather permitting, families can dance around our festive maypole! Image: “Gathering Chestnuts,” by J.W. Lauderbach, from The Art Journal of 1878. About Mike Aucott: Mike Aucott retired from his position as a research scientist for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection in 2012. He has a Ph.D. in environmental science from Rutgers University, and now teaches chemistry part-time at The College of New Jersey. He is also a consultant on energy and air pollution issues. Mike is a member of the Hopewell Township Environmental Commission and of the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) and has helped organize plantings of over 250 American chestnuts Hopewell Township, NJ, with the hope that some of these may be useful in future breeding efforts. Mike is also coordinating the monitoring and management of 20 orchards, totaling over 5000 trees, of second-generation hybrid chestnuts as part of a TACF breeding program. Mike has been hooked on chestnuts since 5th grade, when a leaf from a stump sprout became the prize of his leaf collection.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Education | Kids & Family

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