DOVER – The GFWC Dover Area Women's Cub upcoming April 10th meeting will feature guest speaker Curt Laffin on the Restoration of the American Chestnut Tree.

The meeting will take place in the D.F. Richard Room located in the Garrison Conference Room Wing at Wentworth-Douglas Hospital. Laffin, a wildlife biologist will discuss the history and demise of the American Chestnut and the promising efforts by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore it locally and throughout its previous historic range.

Less than 100 years ago, Eastern U.S. forests were dominated by large American chestnut trees. These trees reigned over 200 million acres of eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley, until succumbing to a lethal fungus disease, chestnut blight. By the 1950s, this population was reduced to short-lived stump sprouts. An estimated 4 billion American chestnuts, one quarter of the hardwood tree population, grew within this range before the blight. Prior to its loss, American chestnut was the most valuable tree in New England's forests, both ecologically and economically.

The blight, imported to the U.S. on Asian chestnut trees, is a fungus and its spores are easily dispersed via air, raindrops or animals. It is a wound pathogen, entering through injuries to the tree's bark. It spreads to the underlying vascular cambium and wood, killing these tissues as it advances. The flow of nutrients is eventually choked off to and from sections of the tree above the infection.

For more information on the American Chestnut Foundation go to

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