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Forest Health Specialist

The Virginia Department of Forestry is seeking a well-organized and motivated individual to support the agency’s Forest Health Program under the supervision of the Forest Health Program Manager. The incumbent: assists with field surveys and documentation of major forest insect and disease problems, including the southern pine beetle, gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, and thousand cankers disease; assists with monitoring other forest health issues of high concern including non-native invasive plants and issues associated with meteorological events; provides outreach and assistance to landowners, foresters, and other customers with forest health related problems or concerns; utilizes GIS to assemble data and generate outbreak maps from ground and aerial surveys; and helps manage and implement landowner cost-share programs as assigned. The position may also include assistance with programs related to the restoration of diminished species such as the American Chestnut and Longleaf Pine or Shortleaf Pine.

Deadline for applications is March 17, 2016.

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Scientists collaborate to bring back American chestnut

The Asheville Citizen-Times chronicles the life, death, research and rebirth of an American legacy, the American chestnut.

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American Chestnut is being restored

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” is a line from a song that conjures up fond holiday memories for some Americans. For others, the joy of roasting chestnuts has yet to be experienced. But the lack of American chestnuts could change in the coming years, thanks to some very dedicated people.

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Chestnut plantings show promise in WNC

From the Watauga Democrat:

Although the mighty chestnut is little more than a memory in the Appalachian Mountains, efforts continue as part of a vision to bring the forest giants back.

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American chestnut is back, say Western NC scientists

From the Asheville Citizen-Times

Today, they are practically extinct, these giant living things that once called the mountains of Western North Carolina home. But, thanks to a grand experiment that sounds almost like something out of a real-life version of “Jurassic Park,” a mighty species once thought to have vanished from the world is making a comeback.

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Research is helping to restore American chestnut

The chestnut once was one king.

And because of efforts of those such as Montreat College biology professor Brian Joyce, it may be again.

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Researchers replanting resistant chestnut trees

The American chestnut tree was among the tall stalwarts of the Appalachian forest for centuries. Its rot-resistant wood was used in barns, railroad ties and telephone poles; its nuts fed people, farm animals and wildlife; its canopy offered shade and mopped up a growing country’s pollution.

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