When botanists were grappling with the harsh realities of the arrival of the emerald ash borer to U.S. forests, most referenced the devastation that might come to ash trees in terms of another native tree, all but wiped out by blight. That tree was the American chestnut, Castanea dentata. Scientists now have reason to hope that the majestic trees, once widespread throughout North America but virtually eliminated by the Asiatic blight fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, formerly known as Endothia parasitica, might return blight resistant.
April 29, 2013 at 10 am, volunteers from the Carolinas Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) will gather to plant 100 potentially blight and root-rot resistant American chestnut seeds on the grounds of Biltmore in Asheville, NC.
More than 600 volunteers will gather over 4 days to plant 15,000 trees at the Flight 93 Memorial in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania.