An expert on the American chestnut tree will talk about the species' history, destruction and new efforts to restore it in Fairfield during a program Monday, March 19, at the Fairfield Public Library.

The 7 p.m. presentation in the library's Memorial Room will feature Sandra Anagnostakis, a scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, who has been studying chestnut blight for 45 years.

The program is sponsored by Fairfield Forestry Committee and Fairfield Garden Club.

Anagnostakis will discuss the historical importance of the American chestnut, which was common in Fairfield and throughout eastern forests; its historical importance for food and timber; and how the Asian bark fungus reduced the towering tree to an understory shrub.

She also will talk about Fairfield's part in replanting American chestnuts through an initiative of the Fairfield Garden Club.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Fairfield Forestry Chairwoman Misty Beyer at or Fairfield Garden Club Coordinator Barbara Wooten at