THE GREAT AMERICAN CHESTNUT RESTORATION!

Warren County, Tennessee

1 May 2020

As part of the continuing effort to restore the Great American Chestnut tree on reclaimed mined land, Barry Thacker and Carol Moore of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation met with Tim and Kim Slone of IRTEC at the conservation property of Chris Allen (Preservation Group - https://preservationgroup.com/) not far from Dunlap, TN, in Warren County on 1 May 2020. Forty-eight (48) blight-resistant American Chestnut hybrids were planted. Barry grew the trees from nuts over the past year. Baylor School students were scheduled to assist in the planting, but with their school being closed for the Covid quarantine, we all pitched in to get the trees in the ground. Arthur Allen assisted in preparing the holes. This was a happy day! Pictures from the first site visit in January to the 1 May 2020 planting can be viewed in random order at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMXax2p.

Our previous Arbor Day events restored the American chestnut to reclaimed mine land in Anderson, Campbell, Cumberland, Claiborne, Morgan, Sequatchie and Polk Counties, so now we have planted blight-resistant hybrids in eight Tennessee counties since 2008.

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