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W.Va. planting aimed at restoring the chestnut

April 9, 2014
Associated Press

MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. (AP) — The American chestnut's historical center in West Virginia will see a return of the hardwood.

On April 19, Boy Scouts at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope will plant chestnuts.

West Virginia Public Radio ( ) says volunteers will plant several hundred potentially blight-resistant chestnuts near the west end of the Consol Energy Bridge.

The plantings are part of an American Chestnut Foundation program to restore the American chestnut to the nation's eastern forests.

The foundation says the reserve is located near the center of the chestnuts' historical range in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.


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