American chestnut was an extremely important component of eastern forests a century ago. It was prized for its rapid growth and was utilized for telephone poles, railroad ties, fence posts, house construction and tannins for tanning hides. A fungus from Asia was inadvertently imported into the port at New York City in 1904 and within 50 years, the fungus killed 10 billion chestnut trees. This program led by Mark Double, West Virginia University, details the history of American chestnut and the efforts being conducted to return this champion tree to our eastern forests. Most appropriate for adults. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.