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2012-03-19 15:59:38

Reintroduction of the American Chestnut tree after billions died due to blight could be accomplished more effectively thanks to a software tool developed and recently tested by the University of Cincinnati. The death of the American Chestnut due to an Asian bark fungus accidentally introduced to the United States had profound environmental and economic consequences since the tree was highly valued for its strong, workable lumber and a variety of wildlife from deer to birds to bears relied...

2011-03-28 10:12:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The decline and restoration of the American chestnut tree will be the topic of the next lecture in the South Mountain Speakers Series on Thursday, April 7 at the Penn National Community in Fayetteville, Franklin County. Dave Armstrong of the American Chestnut Foundation will offer a free lecture, "Restoring the Chestnut," beginning at 7 p.m. at the Trellis Terrace, 3720 Clubhouse Drive. Armstrong will discuss the history of the...

2011-02-23 14:53:00

BIG ISLAND, Va., Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia-Pacific and The American Chestnut Foundation, in a joint effort to reintroduce the American chestnut to its native habitat, planted 560 test chestnut saplings today at the Georgia-Pacific Big Island, Va., mill. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20030425/PAPLOGO ) This event marks the first corporate collaboration with The American Chestnut Foundation and an important step towards restoring the American chestnut, once an...

2010-02-04 19:08:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF®) has taken an unprecedented step toward the restoration of the American chestnut tree by offering a limited number of its most advanced and potentially blight-resistant seeds to both new and existing sponsor members for planting and testing. This is the very first time any of these seeds have been made widely available to members and it comes on the heels of over 26 years of intense evaluation...

2009-09-23 13:45:00

The American chestnut was a dominant species in eastern U.S.'s forests before a blight wiped it out in the early 1900s. Today it's being returned to the landscape thanks in part to work by a University of Tennessee Forestry alumna and the UT Tree Improvement Program (UT TIP). Once used extensively for building, for tanning leather, as an important source of food for humans and wildlife, and even as nutritious fodder for hogs, the American chestnut seemed destined to be a memory"”a line...

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2009-06-10 11:23:43

A U.S. study shows introducing a hybrid of the American chestnut tree would not only help the nearly extinct species, but also reduce atmospheric carbon. Purdue University Associate Professor Douglass Jacobs said the study found American chestnuts grow much faster and larger than other hardwood species, allowing them to sequester more carbon. And since American chestnut trees are more often used for high-quality hardwood products such as furniture, they hold the carbon longer than wood used...

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2008-04-06 00:00:00

In a double-barreled approach to environmental restoration, Appalachian mountains scarred by strip-mining are being planted with American chestnut trees, a species that has been all but wiped out in the United States by a fungus. For 30 years or so, federal regulations essentially said that once a forested mountainside was scraped open and the coal extracted, mine companies had to smooth the soil over and seed it with grass. But recently, federal regulators have begun promoting the planting...

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2007-11-22 15:00:00

By RICK CALLAHAN INDIANAPOLIS - Growing up in the 1920s, Bill Lord remembers feasting on the sweet, rich nuts of American chestnut trees - the majestic species that a fungus would soon all but wipe out. More than a half-century after the prolific nut-producer became little more than the stuff of holiday songs, Lord is now part of a far-flung network of volunteers working to return the so-called "Redwood of the East" to the forests it once dominated. The American Chestnut Foundation...


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