Arbor Day in Montreat rescheduled as COVID numbers rise

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Wild American chestnut trees growing in Western North Carolina.

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area, the town of Montreat Tree Board decided to cancel the Sept. 4 Arbor Day celebration. 

"We will continue to be working with the American Chestnut Foundation in planning and carrying out some smaller events and projects," said Ann Vinson, the chair of the Tree Board. 

In lieu of the September celebration, the board decided to move the large event to April 23 in Moore Field, with details and times to be announced as the date approaches. 

The board still plans to include the American Chestnut Foundation in the new event, with exhibits and presentations regarding the American chestnut and how it was affected by the blight on the local ecosystem.