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Chestnut Trees Getting Help From Vermont

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Scientists were in Vermont recently studying a small, but healthy stand of American Chestnut trees in Berlin.

Just over a hundred years ago, billions of chestnut trees could be found along the east coast. However, the chestnut population was sent into functional extinction with the introduction of blight in 1904. But that doesn’t mean people are letting go without a fight.

Restoration efforts have taken hold nationally, but it’s the chestnuts in Berlin, Vermont that may hold the key to saving the species.

Kendra Gurney is the New England Regional Science Coordinator for the American Chestnut Foundation. She spoke with Vermont Edition about Vermont’s role in the restoration of the American chestnut.