LAND & CONSERVATION SERVICES HARVESTS AND PLANTS WILD-GROWN NATIVE
Harrisburg, PA (October 31, 2005) - -
& Conservation Services Co. president and CEO Josh
First announced the successful harvest and subsequent planting of
wild-grown chestnuts found on a previously unknown American Chestnut
tree on land owned by Appalachian.
|In the photo above, Josh
First holds part of the American Chestnut
harvest from a just-discovered wild tree.
|The location of the
tree is not being disclosed publicly but was
formally reported to the American Chestnut Foundation
The tree has the imported chestnut blight but was sufficiently healthy
to produce a bumper crop of the spiny chestnuts. Seventeen nuts
|Planting the chestnuts in tree tubes and
other protective shelters
ensures a new crop of young, native, American Chestnut trees and the
continuation of pure American Chestnut DNA. While several
projects are under way to genetically alter the American Chestnut in
order to provide resistance to the blight, there remains a constant
search for wild American Chestnuts that survived the blight, in order
to maintain genetic diversity for the future.
|The chestnuts were planted on private
land in Pine Creek Valley, also
known as the “Pennsylvania Grand Canyon,” where the American Chestnut
tree was a prominent component of the once-towering towering native
|For further information contact Josh First,
& Conservation Services Co., LLC (717) 232-8335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.