Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Scientists: Grow American Chestnut Trees To Fight Global Warming

Never mind that the American Chestnut has been virtually extinct for the last century.

Planting American Chestnut trees is a worthy endeavor, however. The nuts are sweeter and tastier than imported nuts, the wood was valuable for the furniture industry, and the nuts were relied on my many species of animals throughout the Appalachians.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

American Chestnuts are all over the place. They just don't get very tall. Once the trunk diameter gets to around 3-4", the blight girdles the main tree, killing it. The tree then sends up suckers that keep growing. Good news is that we are only 1-2 tree generations away from being able to return resistant (grow tall) trees that will be able to become widespread.