Maine Arbor Week, May 17-21
It’s Maine Arbor Week and we’re celebrating with a week of programs, tree trivia, and more!
May 17, 4 pm: Tree Survival from the Inside Out with Kevin Smith
Through the tools of dendrochronology and plant anatomy, US Forest Service scientist Kevin Smith will focus on biological processes that enable tree growth, defense, and cooperation in a competitive and sometimes threatening world.
May 18, 6 pm: Family Trivia–Terrific Trees
What is Maine’s state tree? How many of Maine’s conifers lose their needles each fall? How many gallons of sap does it take to make 1 gallon of syrup? Put your knowledge to the test! These Zoom trivia sessions are designed to be fun, interactive, and only as competitive as you want them to be. Keep track at home and try for a high score or just follow along. Either way, you’ll learn something new!
May 18, 7 pm: “The Nature of Oaks” author talk by Doug Tallamy
Join us for an online presentation and discussion with Dr. Tallamy to learn more about what oak trees can do for you, your community, and the ecology all around us, as well as a little about what we can do for them
May 19, 4 pm: Portland Big Tree Tour
A webinar & self-guided tour of trees in Portland with Jeff Tarling – details coming soon!
May 20, 4 pm: Restoring American Chestnuts in Maine with Tom Klak
American Chestnut trees were once among the most abundant and important forest trees in North America, and are now critically endangered worldwide due to an incurable fungal blight. Learn about the natural history, ecological importance, and the efforts to save American Chestnut from extinction from Tom Klak, Ph.D., a professor of environmental studies at the University of New England and Gene Conservation Chair for the Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation.