BRoN Film Series: The American Chestnut
September 16, 2019 –
September 16, 2019 Program:
Post Screening Lecture and Discussion: “The Uncertain Future of Colorado Forests: Paradigm Shift from the Healthy Forest Metaphor to a Climate Adaptation Framework” with Thomas T. Veblen, Distinguished Professor, CU Boulder
Time: Mon Sept 16 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Place: Boulder Meadows Branch Library Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 4800 Baseline Road
Film starts promptly at 6 p.m. Boulder, CO 80303
NO ADMISSION CHARGE
There were once almost 4 billion American chestnuts and they were among the largest, tallest, and fastest-growing trees in the eastern forest. The wood was long-lasting and straight-grained; the nuts fed billions of birds and other forest animals. It was almost a perfect tree – that is, until it was virtually wiped out in 40 years by a blight that started just over a century ago. That blight has been called the greatest ecological disaster to strike the world's forests in all of history.
AMERICAN CHESTNUT examines the history and disappearance of this once-dominant hardwood species, and the efforts to develop blight-resistance in the chestnut to restore it to its former home.