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Update Heard On Work To Repopulate The Chestnut – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 12/30/2020 at 3:52pm

Quantitative geneticist Jared Westbrook from The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) recently gave a presentation to the Transylvania Natural Resource Council (TNRC) about his work to repopulate forests with the once dominant American chestnut tree.

Westbrook lives in Asheville and works extensively with the Meadowview Research Laboratory in southwest Virginia to breed chestnut trees that can withstand the devastating blight that wiped out over 4 billion trees across North America. According to Westbrook, the American chestnut is now functionally extinct.

“Today, the tree lives as a sh...

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