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Documentary: Rescuing the American Chestnut

Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) along with the Owensboro Museum of Science and History (OMSH), the Owensboro Botanical Gardens, the Kentucky Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation and the Joe Ford Nature Center is proud to host an exclusive screening event of the documentary “Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut.”

This compelling film dives into the remarkable efforts to rescue the American Chestnut tree from the brink of extinction. There will be two free showings of the documentary, one for OCTC students, at 11 am – 12:15 p.m., and an afternoon showing for the public starting at 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on October 19, 2023, at OCTC’s Blandford Lecture Hall.

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) has been dedicated to restoring this vital tree species for over 40 years. Their work, in collaboration with passionate citizen scientists and researchers, is the focus of “Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut,” a documentary that sheds light on their unwavering commitment.

“We are delighted to share this film with the world,” said Lisa Thompson, former President & CEO of The American Chestnut Foundation. “It tells the story of the American chestnut and the people who are dedicated to reintroducing it to our forests. We hope it will inspire others to join us in our mission to restore this iconic tree species.”

The documentary, featuring interviews with scientists, volunteers, and notable figures such as Barbara Kingsolver, Chuck Leavell, Dolly Parton, and Jimmy Carter, underscores the importance of this historic conservation effort.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Adams J. Wood Films and Collective Projects for their dedication in producing this film, and we are excited to share it with the world,” said Lisa Thompson. “We believe it will raise awareness about the importance of preserving our natural environment and the urgent need to work collaboratively to protect our forests.”

This exclusive screening event will take place at the Blandford Lecture Hall on OCTC’s Main Campus, located at 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303. Admission is free and open to all. Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early to secure your spot.

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