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|Rescue the endangered North American Butternut Tree|
|Thank you for volunteering to be a member of the Butternut Rescue Team!|
|You now know the benefits of having butternut trees at hand. Your participation could prove to be key to saving this species, Juglans cinerea.
As you now know, our North American native Butternut is threatened by a killer canker disease that has already reduced natural populations by nearly 80% over much of its range. More trees are still dying. It is thought that the disease started in southwestern Wisconsin around 1967, and has spread steadily outward since then. Most of the trees still living are in the eastern Ontario and western Quebec region, at the northern edge of the butternut's natural range.
Experts say that there may be naturally resistant butternut trees. If these could be found, they could be propagated, so the butternut would continue to grow naturally. However, we should continue to plant butternut trees at every opportunity - afterall, we cannot tell beforehand which new nut or seedling may have this resistance. Also, some of these may avoid infection long enough for the canker itself to die out or be eradicated, so their genes can live on.
The Forest Gene Conservation Association ((FGCA)) and the Canada Nutculture Association(CNA) are your basic Canadian references.
If you live in Prince Edward Island, check with the
If you live in Quebec, check with the
If you live in New Brunswick, check with the
To get started today, review the ten ways in which your participation could be most successful, and make a starting choice!
Thank you again for joining the Team, and good luck to all of us, specially the Butternut!
|As a member of the Butternut Rescue Team here are ways you can help.|
|Grow butternut trees from seed. Learn how, then grow your own butternut trees from the seed you collect yourself or can get from others in your same climate zone.
Here are ten more possible ways you as a member of the Butternut Rescue Team can help rescue the Butternut - and you may have other ideas as well.
2. Tell people, your family, friends and neighbours about the butternut's difficulty, the need for its rescue, and encourage them to help you in your efforts, or to join the Team themselves. If it could be helpful to you, an expert lecture presentation could be developed for your use at any meetings of interested folks you might be attending. Such a presentation has not yet been prepared - but your need would be the catalyst. Or you may want to invite a local butternut expert to come speak to your group. Email Canada Nutculture Association or the FGCA about your need. We may be able to help.
3. Send this web page to anyone you think might want to join the Team. Use your browser to send this page, or send them our web address, which is http://treenuts.ca/butternutrescue.html.
4. Find Butternut trees in your area or around your region. Report on them. This webpage tells you about the Butternut, and can help you identify the trees. Use your favourite search engine to find more web pages about the butternut. Send the pages to us at Canada Nutculture Association so we can add them to our list. Here is our Butternut Webpage List
|5. Learn about the disease, how to recognize it, and then report to the Team on the health of trees you find to. |
6. Learn about Canada Nutculture Association and the FGCA, and what they are doing to help rescue the butternut, and be prepared to tell family, friends and neighbours. The Kit contains brochures on each of these topics, and you can learn even more on the Internet by visiting the two web pages http://ecsong.ca and http://cobjon.com/butternut.html
7. Undertake a clipping service on butternut articles you find in newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. Make a scrapbook of these articles to show others. Summarize these articles and send your summary to Canada Nutculture Association. Send photocopies of the articles to us for compilation.
8. Place butternut brochures where you think they will get the attention of folks who might want to help. Find brochures at your local tree conservation group.
9. Talk to TV and Radio reporters and interviewers about the Butternut Problem and the work being done to help rescue the species. If you want the help of a Butternut expert for this activity, check with your local tree conservation group.
10. Complete and send in the FGCA Butternut Canker Forms for butternut trees you have found.
Lets work together to rescue the butternut!
|Do you want to help save North America's native Butternut (Juglans cinerea)? Say YES, and join the Butternut Rescue Team today!
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