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INSIDE ACF Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Receives American Chestnut BY DEAN NORTON M Dean Norton and Lynn Wilson OUNT VERNON, ONE of the most beloved of all the national historical sites, played host on October 13 to the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) and to The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) in an event that featured the dedication of an American chestnut on the grounds of the estate. The 15-foot tree, one of TACF’s most advanced trees genetically, was planted on the grounds earlier this year and is “thriving,” said ACF executive director Lynn Wilson. “We’re proud to help reintroduce the American chestnut to Mount Vernon, home of America’s first hero and farmer, George Washington,” Wilson said. George Washington had a love of trees of all types and planted hundreds of trees within his new landscape at Mount Vernon in 1785. Early in his youth, Washington displayed his sense of appreciation for trees and nature. In 1748, at the age of 16, he made the following note in his “Journal of a Journal over the Mountains”: “… about 4 miles higher up the river we went through the most beautiful Groves of Sugar trees & spent the best part of the Day admiring the Trees and the richness of the land.” Ash, maple, hickory, elms and hollies were dug from his woods for planting on his estate, but there was no mention of American chestnut. This is interesting, for there were millions of these mighty trees from Maine to Alabama. Washington was an incredibly efficient man, so the chestnut was well-suited to his type of personality, for all parts of the chestnut are usable – wood for building, bark for tanning, and nuts that were a food source for both man and domestic animals. Even the leaves were useful as a medicinal solution. Although he did not move any chestnuts from the woods to adorn his country home, Washington did sow “2000 nuts of the common chestnut in a box,” in front of the upper gardens greenhouse for germination in October 1785, according to information found in Mount Vernon’s archives. By March of the following year, he must have had seedlings, for he planted chestnut in an area 38 THE CONSULTANT 2007

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2007

Executive Director’s Message Embracing Change
President’s Message Meeting the Challenge of the Fragmenting Forest
Forest Fragmentation
Parcelization: Different Owners, Different Practices
The New Generation of Private Forest Landowners: Brace for Change
Struggles Facing Wisconsin’s Professional Loggers
Saving Our Forests from a Fragmented Future
Selling the Business: Sequential Planning Versus Parallel Planning
A Survey of Consulting Forestry Education in Accredited Forestry Programs
Returning the American Chestnut to Our Forests
Woody Biomass for Energy – Has Its Time Come?
Meet the New ACF President
ACF Education Committee Looks to the Future
Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Receives American Chestnut
Mississippi ACF/SAF Student Challenge
ACF National Conference Reflections
Harry Murphy: A Life in Consultation

The Consultant - 2007