Chestnut Orchard Volunteers Recognized for Service
Congratulations to the group of Forest Society volunteers who have been helping grow chestnut seedlings at Tom Rush Forest Chestnut Orchard in Deering! They were honored on Wednesday, December 9 with 2020 Spirit of NH awards in the Group category. These awards honor outstanding volunteers, or groups of volunteers, who reflect the strong ethic of service and volunteerism in our state.
In partnership with The American Chestnut Foundation, these volunteers help the Forest Society work towards re-establishing the American chestnut tree in New England forests.
For the past year and a half, this dedicated group of about a dozen local volunteers has planted, watered, weeded, mulched, mowed around, and fertilized 600 American chestnut trees and have been cheerleading their growth and development. Not only has all of their hard work been paying off, but they have had fun while doing it! Their effort benefits New Hampshire’s environment and residents as the ultimate goal is re-establishment of this majestic tree into local forests.
Learn more about this special group from Forest Society staff members Carrie Deegan and Gabe Roxby: