Preserving Native Species: Lessons from the American Chestnut - EcoBeneficial! ®
Prior to the year 1900 the American Chestnut tree (Castanea dentata) was the predominant tree in Eastern forests. It is estimated that there were almost 4 billion American Chestnut trees in the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century, accounting for 1 in every 4 trees in Eastern hardwood forests. American Chestnut was a “keystone species” playing a critical role in the function of its overall ecosystem – you take a keystone species away, and the entire ecosystem around it is dramatically impacted....
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