Restoring the American Chestnut

  • The American Chestnut Foundation and others are trying to bring back the species which once dominated native forests. Photo: Hal B. Klein

The American chestnut was once a keystone species in eastern forests; it was prized for its sweet nuts, rot resistant wood, and picturesque beauty. But it was decimated by a tiny fungus accidentally imported from Japan. Now a few organizations are working to restore "The Mighty Giant." The Allegheny Front's Hal B. Klein has more on that effort.