Benzie Conservation District
To preserve and enhance
the natural resources
of Benzie County
In 1904, the chestnut blight (Chryphonectria parasitica) was introduced to the U.S. and by 1940 the blight had spread throughout the entire range of the American Chestnut, slowly destroying the once beautiful and bountiful forests. Today, a few isolated American Chestnut trees can be found in northern Michigan, with the state champion located on the Old Mission Peninsula.
This event is sponsored free-of-charge by the Forestry Assistance Program. For more information contact Kama Ross, District Forester, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, and Benzie Conservation Districts at 231-256-9783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.