Did you know American chestnuts once dominated our forests? Considered the Redwood of the East, this highly valued native tree comprised 70% of many forest stands from Maine to Florida and west to Ohio. But, its populations were decimated in the early 1900s by a non-native fungus called Chestnut blight. Today, except for a handful of trees, American chestnuts only survive underground and as small shrubs that are re-infected by the blight a few years after sprouting.
The Appalachian Laboratory and The American Chestnut Foundation are working with western Maryland residents to “crack the code” to re-establish American chestnut trees. Together we will examine how well American chestnut seedlings from four different locations survive in our region.
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