Reports and information related to the Chestnut Project. This project was initiated by James Parton to document the remnants of American Chestnut still found in the eastern United States.
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Chestnuts in Virginia
A century ago, 20-25% of the trees in the Appalachian forests of Virginia were American chestnuts (Castanea dentata). It was a dominant "keystone" species that shaped the development of the other plants and animals around it. The chestnut grew slowly as an understory tree, waiting for a storm or other event to create a natural clearing and provide needed sunlight. Once the sapling was in direct sunlight, it could put on a rapid growth spurt and exceed the height of nearby oaks and maples, then drop nuts for future chestnut saplings that would wait their turn and maintain the dominance of the species in the mountain forest. ...
This is an excellent article about the American Chestnut, its history, current efforts to save the tree, and includes numerous links on the subject.
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Wow. Nice article with some good, basic information. I've been waiting for the American chestnut to return since I was a kid. I keep hoping to see a blight resistant tree emerge before I croak.
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Nice article, Ed!