American Chestnut

American Chestnut Foundation

In the face of climate change, people may feel frustrated – uncertain what they can do to make a difference.  Scientists say planting trees is one important way to help, and there’s a movement underway in this part of the world to restore the American Chestnut. 

The American Chestnut tree has mythic stature in tree lore. Today the old giants of people's memories are long gone from the landscape, wiped out by an Asian blight a hundred years ago. And even though they still loom large in the history and culture of Appalachia, new research suggests, their mythic proportions are likely, just that.