Chestnuts

Granite Geek
4:47 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Granite Geek: A Slow, Hard Road Back For American Chestnut Trees

The American chestnut tree, in happier times.

For decades now, scientists and volunteers in the Northeast have been trying to bring back the American chestnut tree, which a century ago comprised about 25 percent of New England’s forests.

Blight nearly wiped out the American chestnut, and it did so quickly. Restoring the tree is taking a little more time, in part because the blight is still out there.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Restoring the American Chestnut

Thanksgiving leftovers in my kitchen include Chinese chestnut-stuffing. Most people know that our American chestnut trees were decimated by an Asian fungus detected in 1904 that killed untold billions of trees and wiped-out one of the most common and most important lumber and wildlife trees from eastern forests before 1940.

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Word of Mouth
11:37 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Harvesting Chestnuts In The Granite State

Todd Ross, a volunteer for the NH chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, shows off a healthy, wild, naturally polinated chestnut burr
Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Its fall in New England and that means apples, cranberries, pumpkins, and – about a hundred years ago – it meant chestnuts.

But last century an invasive blight wiped out chestnuts on the East Coast. So in order to get the feel of the autumns of yester-year, NHPR checked in with the effort to bring the once mighty chestnut back to New Hampshire forests.

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