April 29, 2005
CHARTER OAK SEEDLINGS
By: Steve Dilella, Legislative Fellow
You want to know (1) what agency provided Charter Oak seedlings to towns, (2) the lineage of the seedlings, and (3) the date they were given.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) gave Charter Oak seedlings to towns in celebration of Arbor Day on April 28, 2000, according to Robert Borman of the DEP Forestry Division. The seedlings were from acorns collected from a first generation offspring of the Charter Oak located in Bushnell Park. This makes the seedlings second generation descendants (“grandsons”) of the original Charter Oak.
The Connecticut State Nursery, which cultivated the seedlings, ceased operating in May 2003. In February 2004, DEP selected the Natural Attraction Project, Inc. of Westbrook to replace the state nursery and supply native trees. The Natural Attraction Project received the remaining Charter Oak seedlings from the Arbor Day 2000 distribution, but currently does not have enough to distribute. It hopes to cultivate enough seedlings in the future to provide more Charter Oak descendants to towns.