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Initiative aims to restore American chestnut trees

December 13, 2018

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Volunteers have planted more than 600 American chestnut trees at Eastern Kentucky University in an effort to restore the tree to the Daniel Boone National Forest.

WKYT-TV reports the university has partnered with The American Chestnut Foundation and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in an effort to restore the trees to the region. A blight in the early 1900s killed millions of the trees across the Eastern U.S.

Daniel Boone National Forest supervisor Dan Olsen says 615 seedlings were planted in late November at The American Chestnut Federation Regional Seed Orchard. He says officials hope to harvest seeds from the orchard in the future.

UT Chattanooga biology professor Hill Craddock called the planting historic, saying future American chestnut forests will descend from the plantings.

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Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com