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2012 American Chestnut Summit

The American Chestnut Summit is going on this weekend in Asheville.  Find out the latest news in what researchers have been able to figure out for the recovery of this giant of a tree which once dominated the forests on Western North Carolina until the total population of about 4 billion trees were wipped out by a fungus from the orient which was accidentially intoduced to the United States in 1904 through products shipped into New York Harbor. For the past 40 years researchers have made great strides… including resistent strains of fungi from wheat, vines, and Chinese Chestnuts to make the modified American Chestnut blight resistent. Re-introductions of the modified strain are being made… also some of those modified trees are thriving in old mine dumps of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states.