Scientists Reverse America’s Worst Ecological Disaster
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  • Stephen

    This is indeed good news. I’ve followed the work of the foundation for years now. While in Knoxville, I recall seeing old black and white photos from the turn of the last century showing the amazing size of the old chestnuts in the Smoky Mountains. They are vigorous trees. You still see stumps of blighted trees gamely trying to grow. It will be fantastic to see them back in their old range from Georgia to Maine.

  • Walter Sobchak

    Next the Elm.

  • Andrew Allison

    Genetically modified trees? Shock, horror! A stop must be put to this at once.
    When will the anti-GM crowd recognize that every living thing is genetically modified?

  • Jim.

    Any progress on Pine Bark Beetle resistance?

  • Fabulous news! But Worst Ecological Disaster? Worse than the extinction of the passenger pigeon, decimation of the bison, or the Dust Bowl?

  • Mrs. Davis

    But Worst Ecological Disaster?

    Yes. The place of the Chestnut, especially in Appalachia, in the ecosystem was critical. Its disappearance meant a substantial reduction in food for all animals, including humans, in these areas.

    Join The American Chestnut Foundation and get their quarterly journal with lots of interesting articles about the place of the chestnut in America as well as the restoration.

    You’re welcome, Though I feel very uncomfortable being described as involved in environmentalism. Could you call it conservation next time?

  • Eurydice

    One of the many things that impress me about this country is how private individuals get together and volunteer their time to solve problems.

  • Bravo, I’ve never seen a live Cuhssnut tree and I was born in 1942! Only romantic illustrations. Here in Western Australia our iconic eucalyptus the Jarrah has suffered a fungal infection called Jarrah Dieback. CSIRO, our national scientific research organization, discovered that phosphite fungicide can be injected directly into infected trees. Volunteers go out into infected areas with backpack tanks of phosphite and cordless electric drills and inject the trees. To me it seems like tapping Maple trees in reverse.

  • Tom

    I live on Elm Street and have planted 3 Princeton Elms along the road. Coming by these trees to plant as an individual, as opposed to an organization, is difficult to do.
    I imagine the story is the same for the chestnut. I’m all for supporting the foundation,since it is that kind of work that may make the chestnut available at your local nursery some day.

  • bgarrett

    May we also get the Chestnuts cousin, The Chinquapin, back also?
    The nuts are delicious

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