American Chestnuts on the MST

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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American Chestnuts on the MST

Post by James Parton » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:24 pm

ENTS,

Back in July 2007 Joy and I hiked the Rattlesnake Lodge section of the Mountains to Sea trail and during that hike we found two decent sized American Chestnut trees. That was about the time I joined ENTS and well before I started measuring trees. I noted their appearance and photographed the trees at that time. Last Sunday I made a return visit to measure the trees and see if they were still in good health. I easily found them but found one in bad health, nearly dead. Almost certainly from the Chestnut Blight. The other is still in good health. At an elevation of about 3,800 feet asl the trees are just really starting to put out good. The first tree, the one in poor health is 24.2 feet tall and 11 inches in girth. It was a few feet taller but has lost some of it's top. The second tree is 25.2 feet tall and 1 foot in girth.

These trees were the first sizeable American Chestnuts I found back in 2007 and sparked my interests in the tree.

Check out the pictures

James
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Re: American Chestnuts on the MST

Post by edfrank » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:46 pm

James,

Where is this exactly , and where is the Mountain to Sea Trail?

Ed
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Re: American Chestnuts on the MST

Post by James Parton » Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:03 pm

Ed,

Check out this link on the MST. It will answer most of your questions. To put is shortly it runs from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokies to North Carolinas outer Banks. Also I attached one on Rattlesnake Lodge.

http://www.ncmst.org/

http://www.rattlesnakelodge.com/thearea.htm

Rattlesnake Lodge is located on a ridge between Swannanoa ( Shope Creek ) and Asheville's Merrimon Avenue and is near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bob, this would be good for the book.

James
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