Front Porch Blog

Rare American Chestnut Trees Discovered

[Georgia] A stand of American chestnut trees that somehow escaped a blight that killed off nearly all their kind in the early 1900s has been discovered along a hiking trail not far from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House at Warm Springs. The find has stirred excitement among those working to restore the American chestnut, and raised hopes that scientists might be able to use the pollen to breed hardier chestnut trees.”There’s something about this place that has allowed them to endure the blight,” said Nathan Klaus, a biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources who spotted the trees. “It’s either that these trees are able to resist the blight, which is unlikely, or Pine Mountain has something unique that is giving these trees resistance.”Experts say it could be that the chestnuts have less competition from other trees along the dry, rocky ridge. The fungus that causes the blight thrives in a moist environment.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes
www.southernsustainableforests.org

TAGS:

PREVIOUS

NEXT

AV Mountain border tan1

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Leave a Comment