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"Giving Character to the Landscape: An Environmental History of the American Chestnut." A talk by Don Davis, environmental historian.
Start Date: 4/8/2014Start Time: 7:00 PM

Event Description:

The American Chestnut, Castanea dentata, once dominated Southern Appalachian cove hardwood forests, comprising as much as one quarter of the trees in many mature stands. The species was prized as a food and timber source, and appreciated for its beauty and ecological role. Yet in the 20th century, a blight killed most of the mature trees. Now, after decades of crossbreeding efforts, a version of the species may be poised for a revival. Don Davis will present on the tree's history and cultural significance in the Southern Appalachians--past, present, and future.

Davis is author of Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of Southern Appalachia (U of Georgia Press, 2003), and of numerous other books and articles. Formerly of Dalton State University, in Georgia, he is now an independent scholar and author based in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Department of Appalachian Studies, the Environmental Studies minor, and ECO (Environmental Conservation Organization), ETSU's environmental student group.

Location Information:
ETSU Main Campus - Ball Hall
Room: Auditorium
Contact Information:
Name: Kevin O'Donnell

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