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Fall Meeting – Restoring the American Chestnut to the 21st-Century Forest

November 1, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Join us on November 1 via Zoom for our Fall Meeting when we welcome John Scrivani as our speaker. His full presentation title is “Restoring the American Chestnut to the 21st-Century Forest: Fire Suppression, Forest Mesophication, Climate Change, and Invasive Species”

The mission of the American Chestnut Foundation is “to return the iconic American chestnut to its native range” with a vision of “a robust eastern forest restored to its splendor.” Making progress in this mission and achieving this vision requires a close examination of how the land has changed, how the climate has changed, how human impact on the land has changed, how the suite of forest species has changed, and how these species interact with the land, with the climate, with human intervention, and with each other. This talk will include a discussion of the role of invasive species, including pathogens of the chestnut, and plant competitors. Dr. Scrivani will have a Q&A with the audience at the end of his presentation.

This is online event includes a question & answer period with the audience. Those who register will receive access to the recording.

This event is free. Voluntary donations help us continue providing these events to the public. Thanks for considering!

Registration via Eventbrite HERE.


John Scrivani received his Ph.D. in Forest Management from Oregon State University in 1985. After teaching forestry at Virginia Tech for four years, John took a Research Forester position with the Virginia Department of Forestry, where he managed field research, pine breeding, and forest inventory. John joined the Ivy Creek Board of Directors in 1998 and served as President in 2000 and 2001. John led the efforts to establish the warm-season grass fields and helped conduct the first prescribed burns at Ivy Creek. John retired in 2017, to teach part-time at the University of Richmond, and to devote his volunteer efforts towards ecologic restoration, with both The American Chestnut Foundation and the Ivy Creek Foundation. He is currently the President of the Virginia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation.