Confirmation of Chestnut Find

The American Chestnut Foundation has confirmed that trees found near the Rimrock Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest are American chestnuts with no sign of blight. Samples were collected during a hike in which hikers found more than 30 America chestnut trees. Twigs, burrs and seeds were sent to the foundation for confirmation. Healthy, mature American chestnut trees are extremely rare in the eastern United States since a blight introduced early in the 20th century virtually wiped them out.


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