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  • A bunch of serrated leaves with tufts of beige fibers that look like pipe cleaners.
    Flowering American chestnut. Photo by Bob McInnes, CC BY 2.0.

    Return of the American chestnut

    February 15, 2012 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. When you work with endangered species, you sometimes reflect on those that may disappear in your life, or the pristine places that have become spoiled. However, our generation is poised to bear witness to the near opposite – the revival and return of what was once one of our most important species here in the Eastern United States. American chestnuts were once the most dominant tree in eastern forests, their chestnuts a hugely important source of food for forest animals, their wood commercially prized, and can still occasionally be found in old mountain buildings.  Learn more...

  • A bunch of serrated leaves with tufts of beige fibers that look like pipe cleaners.
    Flowering American chestnut. Photo by Bob McInnes, CC BY 2.0.

    Return of the chestnut

    August 28, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Cradle of Forestry in America, in North Carolina’s Transylvania County, was the site of the nation’s first forestry school and you can still visit the one-room school house the students used. It’s appropriate then, that beside this schoolhouse is planted a young chestnut tree. The American chestnut was once the most abundant tree in Eastern hardwood forests, and was functionally eliminated by an Asian fungus, the chestnut blight.  Learn more...

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