Wednesday, January 6, 2016
American Chestnuts planted in Ohio state forests
"We are happy to be a part of helping to return the American chestnut to landscapes across Ohio and the region," said Robert Boyles, ODNR's deputy director and state forester. "The American chestnut was such an important component of our country's eastern hardwood forest, and that is why great efforts are being made to resurrect this great tree to our woodlands."
The native American chestnut populations were devastated by a blight in the early 1900s, but these seedlings are "Restoration" chestnuts bred at the TACF's Meadowview Research Farms in Virginia. They are 94% American chestnut and 6% Chinese chestnut, which is resistant to the blight.