[BSW] Reminder: BSW potluck tomorrow - memoriam photo - December 6 Chestnut planting

Kathy Bilton kathy at fred.net
Mon Dec 2 19:18:33 GMT 2013

Reminder:  Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, December 3rd is our holiday potluck 
- 6:00 PM-8:30 PM in the Cathy Kerby Room.


Message from Rod to Robin and others.  I put the photo online, link below.

Hi Robin,

Here is a memoriam photo of Peter Whitney from a Botanical Society of
Washington field trip to Chapman Forest in early November 2008.  Larry
Morse, field trip chair at the time, asked me to lead the trip.


Photo: Peter Whitney and large, buttressed Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) at
Chapman Forest North (Chapman State park), Charles County, Maryland.  Photo
by R.H. Simmons.

Slippery Elm is a common tree of the calcareous, glauconitic sandy loams of
the globally-rare Shell-Marl Ravine Forest (coined by Harvard botanist M.L.
Fernald in the 1930s after discovering similar forest communities in the
Virginia tidewater region) at Chapman Forest North. 

Look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting tomorrow evening!

All the best,


Message from Rod about some upcoming chestnut planting volunteer 

Hi all,

We’ve selected Friday, December 6 at 10:30 am to meet at the Ford Nature 
Center in Alexandria for the American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) planting 
at Dora Kelley Nature Park.  We welcome volunteers to help plant two dozen 
or so Earth Sangha grown saplings in the vicinity of existing American 
Chestnut stump-sprouts in upland Oak-Heath Forest at the park!

This event will be co-sponsored by the Ford Nature Center.  For further 
information, contact Jane Yeingst at 703.746.5559 or 
Jane.Yeingst at alexandriava.gov.  Directions: Shirley Highway (395) to King 
St. (Rt. 7) west exit.  Gradually move to the left lane after exiting and 
take a left onto Beauregard St. at bottom of hill (Beauregard St. becomes 
Walter Reed Dr. at this intersection at edge of City of Alexandria and 
Arlington County).  Follow Beauregard St. south and uphill past Seminary 
Rd. and downhill to Sanger Ave.  Take a right onto Sanger Ave. and 
continue a short distance to its end.  Turn left into the parking area 
(shared entrance with school) and proceed to parking lot at woods edge and 
park.  Meet at the Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave.

Volunteers are also welcomed and requested for planting app. 30 or so 
American Chestnut saplings nearby in Arlington County – date TBA, but 
before December 20th.  For those interested, please contact Vince Verweij 
at Vverweij at arlingtonva.us for further information on the Arlington County 

Volunteers are also welcomed and requested for planting the last 
installment of app. 30 or so American Chestnut saplings in suitable parks 
in D.C. – either via District Dept. of the Environment or National Park 
Service or both.  For those interested in assisting with the D.C. 
plantings, please contact Damien Ossi at damien.ossi at dc.gov.

We have app. 30 saplings for each jurisdiction – Alexandria, Arlington, 
and D.C. – so feel free to join us at any or all the plantings!

In total, we have 91 sapling/tubeling, 100% percent pure, locally-sourced 
and grown American Chestnut trees.  Post hole diggers are the preferred 
tools for planting (these dig the proper sized hole for the dimensions of 
the tubelings and cause the least damage to soils and planting locations), 
though we only need a few for the group of volunteers and the City will 
provide a couple for the planting.  We’ll also have gloves and 
refreshments for folks.

Also, we’ll spread the plantings out at each site, as Vince Verweij 
recommends, so that trees are not closely crowded together and more 
susceptible to blight.  It probably also makes sense to mark each planting 
with a small wooden stake (or GPS) so we can check progress, etc.

Damien Ossi also asks a good question in how do we know or suspect these 
saplings of being blight resistant?  The answer is that we don’t exactly 
know and that all of them probably aren’t blight resistant, but because 
they were grown from trees locally that were resistant enough to produce 
viable fruit, it’s reasonable to assume that many are fairly blight 
resistant or tolerant.  Nonetheless, these saplings are especially 
valuable because they are not artificial hybrids (non-native) – elements 
we would not introduce to our natural lands and parks.

Thanks and hope to see you at any or all of these plantings!

All the best,

Rod Simmons

Natural Resource Specialist
Natural Resources Division
Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities
City of Alexandria, Virginia
2900-A Business Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22314
office phone: 703.746.4651
mobile phone: 703.930.8972
Rod.Simmons at alexandriava.gov

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