The American Chestnut Tree

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American Chestnut

photo credit: Jami Dwyer

The American Chestnut tree was once a prominent inhabitant of towns and cities across the United States.  Unfortunately, a blight nearly wiped out the entire species over 70 years ago.  Here is a video that chronicles a rare find of an American Chestnut tree in Farmington, New Hampshire a few years ago.

Currently, The American Chestnut Foundation is trying to breed a blight-resistant strain of the tree.  We should all support their efforts in anyway we can.  Many a town and village in Northern New England has a Chestnut Street which, many years ago, was once lined by these majestic trees.  Maybe one day they will be again.

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