UNE’s Environmental Studies students honor Earth Day with more chestnut plantings

Students gather on the Biddeford Campus to plant chestnuts for the second year.
Students gather on the Biddeford Campus to plant chestnuts for the second year.

April 27, 2017

Karie Bilodeau and Michele Condon, students in Professor Tom Klak’s Ecological Restoration course
Karie Bilodeau and Michele Condon, students in Professor Tom Klak’s Ecological Restoration course

UNE’s Department of Environmental Studies celebrated Earth Day on Friday April 21, 2017, by planting potentially blight resistant chestnuts.

The planting is part of a silviculture experiment in which chestnut trees are planted in three different ways: from seed, as greenhouse-grown seedlings, and as one to two-year-old bareroot stock. The experiment also entails planting in various locations so that factors such as amount of sun versus shade, soil conditions and moisture conditions can be examined to determine the best scenarios for chestnut tree growth.

This is the second year that UNE students have planted chestnut trees on campus. In total, about 100 B3F3 chestnuts have been planted across four different campus locations.

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