We will have a chapter meeting from 10:30-12:00 at Fox Haven Learning Center in Jefferson MD on Saturday, March 7. The meeting, as always will be open to the public, and coincides with American Chestnut Day at Fox Haven.
In addition to our covering chapter business, Nina Shishkoff from the USDA Agricultural Research Service has agreed to give a presentation about about Phytophthera Root Rot (a.k.a. ink rot disease), another invasive disease for which me must take account in our breeding program.
We will also provide an update on the status of the TACF and our chapter’s breeding programs, and a brief presentation, targetted for new new and prospective members about various approaches to chestnut restoration, and how TACF’s backcross breeding program fits in.
I hope you can all make it. And if you have friends who may be interested in joining us, or just learning more about American chestnut, please bring them along.
Let me know if you have any questions,
I look forward to seeing you.
Maryland Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation
Spring’s SecretsSpring is the time of year when we go searching for the early mushrooms – specifically, Morels! These delicious yet fickle mushrooms are highly responsive to temperature and moisture, which means they may be out in force or they may be few and far between. Such is the lay of the foragers land. We will also have our eyes out for other spring mushrooms, including Pheasants Back, Wood Ears, Spring Oysters, and other fungal standbys, as well as any spring greens we come across.
We will go over the beginning basics of wild mushroom identification to start, but will spend most of our time out in the field looking for mushrooms.