Stories of Impact

The American Chestnut Tree

For many years, the American Chestnut Tree was one of the indisputable historical symbols of America and the Appalachians until it was wiped out by a blight brought over by the Asian Chestnut Tree in the beginning of the 20th century- an epidemic thought to be one of the largest environmental disasters in the United States. Today, scientists at SUNY are using funding provided by the Templeton World Charity Foundation to continue The Chestnut Project, which uses modern technology to solve one our nation’s largest environmental issues and restore this functionally extinct species.

14:43 | 2019

Tags: American Chestnut Tree Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation,
Location: SUNY

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