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Breeding and Restoring the Next Generation American Elm

Elm trees line a residential street
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Breeding and Restoring the Next Generation American Elm
September 11, 2019

Carrie Pike, USDA Forest Service
Leila Pinchot, USDA Forest Service
Charlie Flower, USDA Forest Service

Iconic tree species include those native trees that once dominated the typical American city landscape. The American elm and chestnut are the first two that come to mind, and now ash trees are similarly under significant threat of loss. The USDA Forest Service and partner organizations across the country have been working to conserve, breed, and test new selections of American elm in the landscape. In this webinar, speakers will share how they are working to potentially restore these iconic species and the ecological niche they once filled. Carrie Pike will introduce the breeding process and practice, including how to be a good partner in finding and testing potential selections. Leila Pinchot and Charlie Flower will present current research and specific testing efforts in place in multiple cities across the U.S.

Presentations

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Breeding and Restoring the Next Generation American Elm
Carrie Pike
Regeneration Specialist
USDA Forest Service

Breeding and Restoring the Next Generation American Elm
Leila Pinchot and Charlie Flower
Research Ecologists
USDA Forest Service

Resources

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

Reforestation, Nurseries, & Genetics Resources (RNGR)
Learn more about the RNGR program and access resources through a searchable database of over 11,000 technical articles at the RNGR website.

Republic of Shade: New England and the American Elm
This book by Thomas J. Campanella describes the historic cultural importance of American elm, the impact of Dutch elm disease, and past efforts to restore the species.

Development of New Dutch Elm Disease-Tolerant Selections for Restoration of the American Elm in Urban and Forested Landscapes
This General Technical Report chapter describes the progress in developing and testing new Dutch elm disease-tolerant American elm by the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station’s American elm restoration group.

US Forest Service Resources

Proceedings of the American Elm Restoration Workshop 2016
This General Technical Report presents the latest work on restoring American elm.

Restoration and Conservation of Rural and Urban Forests
From urban centers to wildland, the USDA Forest Service’s Restoration and Conservation of Rural and Urban Forests research unit pursues science related to restoration of forests affected by disease, insect attacks, introduction of new species, fragmentation, or changing environmental conditions.