2014 Spring Appeal
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THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION 2014 SPRING APPEAL
The power of ordinary Americans working in common purpose to achieve a worthy and visionary goal.
There is no more potent symbol of the American wilderness than the American chestnut. This species once dominated the landscape of Appalachia both before and after Columbus, and as such, it played an enormous role in the lives of those living in the region. It has always been an important part of our heritage, and it can, in fact, be restored.
The American Chestnut Foundation's Spring Appeal provides the funding needed to plant, grow, and test our chestnut trees at Meadowview Research Farms. Spring is a busy time for Meadowview staff: tens of thousands of chestnuts are planted, thousands of trees are tested for resistance to the chestnut blight, and preparations are already underway to prepare for the fall harvest. Completing this work requires funding for planting pots, fertilizer, weed mats, tree shelters, seasonal labor, equipment rental, and fuel for the tractors. The extent of the work and effort necessary is amazing!
Your contribution to the Spring Appeal allows us to complete this critical work each spring. Make a tax-deductible donation today to help us achieve our mission of restoring the American chestnut to our eastern woodlands.
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