Efforts to restore Chestnut trees are taking root

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) - Efforts to restore American chestnut trees are taking root in the Louisville area.

Nuts from a research farm in Virginia that were bred over 28 years to be blight resistant were planted at public and private sites in the Louisville area this year, according to The Courier-Journal.

Also, members of the Kentucky chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation are breeding offspring of the state's 20 surviving trees for blight resistance and research. An orchard in Oldham County is expected to bear nuts this fall for the first time.

The president and CEO of the American Chestnut Foundation, Bryan Burhans, says the ultimate goal is to restore the American chestnut to the Eastern forest so it can again provide an abundance of high-quality food for wildlife and strong, rot-resistant timber.

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