I ran across this article on al.com on the American Chestnut. It looks like we might be making progress in the quest to grow American Chestnut trees again. I’ve mentioned before on this blog that growing a native species that is a fast-growing, good timber producer, and a producer of a marketable fruit could be a big boost for Alabama’s forest industry. We are told that the American Chestnut was once almost as important to our forest’s production as Loblolly pines are today. It would be a great thing to be able to take my sons and grandsons to the woods one day and see the beautiful white blooms it has covering the forest as the article describes. If, in the coming years, you have an opportunity to support this effort, please do. It’s a worthwhile effort. Both ecologically and economically, promoting a blight resistant strain of this species will benefit Alabamians for generations to come.
Here is the article:
Seeds of hope arise for American Chestnuts, head of Alabama chapter of American Chestnut Foundation says
Here is a map of the native range of the American Chestnut provided by the American Chestnut Foundation.