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Replanting in various Mid Atlantic States .

Planting will continue in national forests. And next spring in Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County, about 500 more of the blight-resistant chestnuts will be planted on a private, cutover forest plot,

http://www.americanforests.org/magazin....hestnut


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A virtual friend, a retire Biology teacher in PA - He helps me with fungus identification and occasionally plants - worked on a project creating these new trees.

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1800's Chestnut Log Cabin/School House Found in WVA

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I read about this a few days ago.  I hadn't realized that there was such a thing as chestnut blight.

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A friend with PA Ag gave me one back on 2002.  He kept two.  All three died quickly.  Hopefully they've bred a better one by now, but, really, it'll just be a human-concocted hybrid.

Still, we can dream of what used to be...
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I've been planting hundreds of Chinese Chestnuts & Seedlngs around Ohio & Pa in the hopes of getting some natural cross-hydbridization with the few rare, remaining American Chestnuts.

I know where there are 2 mature American Chestnuts in northern Portage County, Ohio.  They are 60-75ft tall., straight trunks to 30+ft with 10-12" trunk diameters.


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In the late 1920's my grandparents had a house built. It was the first house they owned since coming to the USA from northern England. The interior was finished with chestnut woodwork throughout.... stairs, bannisters, chair rails, doors and windows all without a drop of paint. The carpenters really showed their craft with a beautiful wood. Family dinners there were always special and lots of great memories. The house is still standing and I pass by every week. I hope the latest family loves the place as much as we did. The idea of other families having new homes trimmed in chestnut seems a possibility again. I'm guessing they won't be dairy farmers though. :)

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In the late 1920's my grandparents had a house built. It was the first house they owned since coming to the USA from northern England. The interior was finished with chestnut woodwork throughout.... stairs, bannisters, chair rails, doors and windows all without a drop of paint. The carpenters really showed their craft with a beautiful wood. Family dinners there were always special and lots of great memories. The house is still standing and I pass by every week. I hope the latest family loves the place as much as we did. The idea of other families having new homes trimmed in chestnut seems a possibility again. I'm guessing they won't be dairy farmers though. :)

It's fantastic wood, and I would heartily welcome its return.  I've seen furniture from the mid-1700s to the early 1800s that had single chestnut boards over three feet wide.
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I pray it goes well.  I'll go help plant around here if it does.

I know of several old growth groves of different trees here in Georgia.  I won't tell where they are.  They are mysterious, hallowed places of deep feelings.

One I knew of was logged 30 years ago.  When I went to it and found it gone, I cried.

Grand, old trees are treasures.  If we can make some for future generations, our souls may be blessed.


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