Following chapel on Tuesday, April 22, University President Dan Boone, President Emeritus Homer Adams, and Trevecca students participated in the planting of two seedlings obtained form the American Chestnut Foundation. Boone refered to the planting and the signifigance of the tree in the morning’s chapel message "Looking Back... Looking Ahead." Gregory Weaver, M.D., President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Chestnut Society, brought the seedlings and talked about their significance with those who gathered. The trees were planted in front of the Greathouse Science building.
The American Chesthut tree was very important in the development of
In 1904 a deadly fungus was accidentally introduced into
Groups of interested volunteers began working to improve the resistance of the tree, and reduce the virulence of the fungus. The trees planted on Earth Day are 15/16 American chestnut and have some, but not complete resistance to the blight. Trevecca will also be working to restore the Chestnut to the nearby Chestnut Hill neighborhood, especially in partnership with
Read more information about Tennessee Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation at http://www2.volstate.edu/tnchestnut/