By Linda Goetz Fradley
Transylvania Extension Master Gardener 

Can The American Chestnut Return To Prominance?

 


I’ve heard it told that there was a time when our mountains were covered with American chestnut trees — some so large that the cut stump was big enough to serve as a dining room table for at least 20 people. Not only were these trees a majestic forest statement when they reigned over 200 million acres of eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont plateau in the Carolinas west to the Ohio Valley, but they supplied food and shelter for humans and woodland creatures as well as enhancing the economic development of America with rot-resistant wood.

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