American Chestnut Comeback?

Researchers hoping to restore functionally extinct tree species

Watch on CBS This Morning – Dec. 5, 2019

More than a century ago, nearly 4 billion American chestnut trees grew in the eastern U.S., dominating forests from Maine to Florida. Wood logged from the massive trees helped build the country and was used in everything from homes to railroad ties. Its famous chestnuts fed animals and people. Then, about a century ago, disease wiped out virtually all the trees. Chip Reid reports on how a Virginia farm is trying to restore the mighty chestnut.

Also see Rex Mann’s TED Talk, An American Tragedy, How a Mass Extinction Can Help Save Our Forest . Mann, a retired US Forest Ranger and Mt. Sterling resident, has dedicated his life to supporting efforts to bring back the American Chestnut tree from extinction.