Industry News: Conservation

Science Finds a Way to Bring Back the American Chestnut Tree

Wednesday, March 29, 2017  

By The Star

In target, scope, and sheer lethal speed, the obliteration of the American chestnut is an ecological disaster without precedent.

The towering trees--redwoods of the east, some called them--were a foundational species in the forests that stretched from southwestern Ontario to Georgia. In some parts, one in four trees was an American chestnut. The trees were a refuge for hundreds of species and a thrumming industry: its wood was so hardy that chestnut fences still stake Ontario fields.

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