Restoring a forest icon: Could returning the American chestnut remodel our wildlife landscape?
Mother Nature was not making it easy. It was February 18, 2009, and winds were gusting, sleet was falling, and temperatures were hovering around 40° F. Our crew of 9 which consisted of personnel from the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, the Cherokee National Forest, and The University of Tennessee’s Tree Improvement Program, was attempting to establish the first test planting of American chestnuts (Castanea dentata) bred for resistance to an exotic fungal pathogen, the chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica). With each hole dug and seedlings tamped into the ground, our hope was that we were one step closer to restoring an important wildlife food to eastern hardwood forests.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Restoring a forest icon: Could returning the American chestnut remodel our wildlife landscape?|
|Series title||The Wildlife Professional|
|Publisher||The Wildlife Society|
|Contributing office(s)||Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Leetown Science Center|
|State||Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia|