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Train with TACF and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 10 am to 3 pm, The American Chestnut Foundation® (TACF) will be sponsoring an Appalachian Trail (AT) MEGA Transect Chestnut Project training workshop at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, PA. Thetrainingwill beginwith a presentation from 10 am-noon, followed byahike from 1-3 pm.Mike Manes,TACF Pennsylvania Chapter volunteer,will lead the training workshop.

This effort is part of the AT MEGA-Transect Project, a larger collaborative project of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy(ATC), the National Park Service, the US Forest Service,and many other partners.The AT MEGA Transect seeks to engage the public in citizen-science efforts to collect data along the AT to raise awareness of threats to the environmental health of the Appalachian Region.

The AT MEGA-Transect Chestnut Project began in 2008 as a collaboration between TACF, ATC, and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) to train volunteers to collect data on American chestnut trees growing along the AT. Information gathered from this project will help scientists better understand trends and preferred site requirements for American chestnut by evaluating where chestnuts are still present in the forest.

Class sizeis limited. Please register byMay23.To register for thetraining on May31,contact KathyMarmetatkathymarmet@gmail.com. More information about the AT MEGA-Transect Chestnut Project can be found here or here.

For information about the Lehigh Gap Nature Center visit http://lgnc.org.

Text from TACF press release.