Restoration of the American chestnut tree
Burhans, Bryan The American Chestnut Foundation, Asheville, North Carolina.
Hebard, Frederick V. The American Chestnut Foundation, Meadowview Research Farms, Meadowview, Virginia.
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The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) [Fig. 1] was once known as the “king of the forest” and was the single most prevalent hardwood tree in the eastern half of the United States. In those forests, nearly one out of every four canopy trees was an American chestnut. Some of these trees were giants, reaching heights in excess of 30 m (98 ft) and having diameters (at breast height) in excess of 3 m (9.8 ft). They often were free of branches for the first 15 m (49 ft). The natural range of the American chestnut extended from Maine down to the northern parts of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, and west to the greater Ohio River Valley and the western end of Lake Erie.
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