For our 2019 recertification pin, we decided on the species (the American Chestnut), and then we invited all VMN volunteers to submit photos and artwork representing that species. We were completely overwhelmed by the fabulous response! We have extremely talented volunteers. In the end, we asked seven individuals in the Virginia Department of Forestry (folks who know both our program and chestnuts well) to serve as our judges. We are excited to not only share the winning artwork by Linda Duncan in our Old Rag Chapter (featured above), but also all of the submissions (below). We think this collection is such an amazing and diverse representation of this iconic species that we are looking for other ways to feature it, with the artists' permission.
Click on any image in the gallery to enlarge it and to see the name of the artist.