Chestnuts show promise (deer browsing not a problem) August 8, 2011 Tennessee

Chestnuts show promise (deer browsing not a problem) August 8, 2011 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel

Researchers so far have been pleased to discover that damage from browsing from mammals, especially whitetailed deer, has not been a major detriment to seedling survival. They also have been pleased to note that like the pure American chestnut, ...Once an essential component of the eastern forest ecosystem, the American chestnut was decimated by a lethal fungus known as the chestnut blight that spread from Maine to Florida and west to the Ohio Valley during the early-to-mid 1990s...."We're hoping to continue monitoring these trees for at least the next 10 years," Clark said. "Our goal it to determine the best prescription for planting chestnuts in the woods on a forest-wide scale."

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