American chestnut was once one of the best-loved trees in east coast forests, so plentiful and versatile in its uses some considered it a “perfect tree.” The tree was all but wiped out by blight a century ago. Ever since, passionate scientists and volunteers have been working to bring it back. Susan Freinkel tells the story of the chestnut – its loss and hopeful return — and why the fate of this near-extinct tree still matters today.
About the Speaker: Susan Freinkel is a journalist and author who has written on nature and science for a variety of national publications. While working on a story about a disease killing California oaks, she learned about the granddaddy of forest pandemics – the chestnut blight. That led to her first book “American Chestnut: The Life, Death and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree”. She is also the author of “Plastic: A Toxic Love Story.” She lives in San Francisco, where she recently discovered a hybrid chestnut tree four blocks from her home in Golden Gate Park.
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