Butternut Conservation at the Quebec Conference

Butternut conservation will be one of the presentations at this summer’s NNGA Annual Conference in Quebec which will take place August 5 – 8, 2018.  It will be given by Rosemary Fleguel, a Butternut Recovery Specialist, Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) of Southern Ontario and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) of Eastern Ontario; and Virginia Gordon, a Registered Professional Forester.

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority monitors and analyses watershed information.  See their website for the broader picture of their activities and community involvement at https://www.rvca.ca/.  In light of the decline of many tree species, this presentation will serve as a model for the preservation of nut trees and other food-bearing perennial crops in North American and around the world.

Three of the articles on butternut from the NNGA Annual Report archives will give a good background to their presentation:

“The Canadian Prairie Walnut Distribution Report”, Ernie Grimo, 88:150 – 153 (1997)

“Grafting Butternut: The Challenge of Conserving a Threatened Tree”, Melanie J. Moore and Michael E. Ostry, 96:55 – 63 (2005)

“DNA Fingerprinting of Butternut, Heartnut, and Hybrid Cultivars”, by Sean Hoban and Jeanne Romero-Severson, 101(3): 48 – 55 (This Annual Report article is found inside The Nutshell, Vol. 65, No. 3, September, 2011)

NNGA members who wish to obtain a copy of any or all of the articles can write to NNGA Librarian, Jerry Henkin at sproutnut@aol.com.  They will be sent to your e-mail address at no charge.

For details about the NNGA Annual Conference in Quebec and registration, visit https://nutgrowing.org/research-and-resources/2018-northern-nut-growers-association-conference/.