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Tree researchers gather in Lexington to share work in saving native trees

By Carol Lea Spence, University of Kentucky

Every day, American forests, both rural and urban, fight for their health against invasive species and pests. Scientists around the country are working diligently to protect and restore some iconic native species. Many of those scientific partners will gather in Lexington in mid-July to share their research findings.

The public also is welcome to come hear about their progress during a free, public seminar, Forests of the Future, 7 p.m. EDT July 11 at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington. Continue reading

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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