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  Events for March 18, 2013

American Chestnut Trees

- Location: BBA Meeting House, 5971 Hamilton Hill, Alfred Sta
(7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
- Link: Baker's Bridge Historical Association Webpage

Join the Baker’s Bridge Historical Association of Alfred Station for its next monthly program! Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. Steve Jakobi, professor at ASC, will present "The History of the American Chestnut Tree."

Most people know about chestnuts but few have ever seen a mature tree. Once one of the most important forest species in eastern North America, the chestnut provided food and fiber for people, and was an important source of sustenance for wildlife.

The loss of the American Chestnut, due to an accidentally introduced fungal disease, is one of the saddest and most devastating events in environmental history. Though no longer an important player in the forest, the American Chestnut is not extinct as biologists around the world work to save this magnificent tree.

Prof. Jakobi has his own plot of them in Alfred - in the field next to the turn on Route 244 toward Belmont.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served afterward. Join us at the society’s Meeting House on Hamilton Hill Road in Alfred Station.