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Native Tree/Plant Plight

Started by Onslow, February 23, 2019, 15:00:50 pm

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Woolly Bugger

April 04, 2019, 11:54:04 am #30 Last Edit: April 04, 2019, 11:58:08 am by Woolly Bugger
Give this a listen..


QuoteThe once-ubiquitous American chestnut tree is now functionally extinct, nearly erased from the landscape by a blight that killed roughly 3 billion trees over 50 years. Now a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the tree is seeking federal approval to release a genetically engineered blight-resistant chestnut into the wild. But is a genetically engineered tree the right way to restore a virtually extinct species?

The blight, an Asian fungus that girdles chestnut trees and eventually kills them, came to North America in around the 1900s. Years of federal and local forestry efforts failed to revive the species. The nonprofit American Chestnut Foundation was formed in the 1980s to continue that work and restore the trees to the wild.

The ACF has bred hybrid trees resistant to the blight, but it's also pursuing a genetically-modified tree that combines genes from wheat and cauliflower into a tree resistant to the fungus. Much of that research is being done at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

Fitzsimmons will also discuss the March resignation by two members of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island ACF in protest to the foundation's plans to plant geneticially modified trees and opposition to agrochemical and biotech companies Monsanto and ArborGen being involved in the project.
Broadcast live on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Sara Fitzsimmons, ACF director of restoration and a researcher at Penn State University, joins Vermont Edition to explain chestnut restoration efforts and how the foundation is working toward federal approval to plant its genetically modified chestnut trees in the wild to restore the species.
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Woolly Bugger

April 17, 2019, 10:09:05 am #31 Last Edit: April 17, 2019, 10:32:00 am by Woolly Bugger
100 Million Trees planted by 2022


To give you a sense for the wide variety of trees we're planting through Time for Trees, here's a snapshot of species we plan to use in 2019:
Longleaf pine, Jack pine, loblolly pine, red pine, Jeffrey pine, white pine, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, white oak, bur oak, red oak, American chestnut, Douglas fir, sweetgum, hickory, bald cypress, western larch, and incense cedar


if you have a Microsoft / bing rewards account you can donate points and microsoft will match!

I just donated 10,000 20,000 points! That's 20 Trees!


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I just acquired 4 chestnuts from the Bryants in Nelson County.    They are available at Lovingston Farm Supply right there on 29.


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Woolly Bugger

Honor Society students plant trees at RSMS

QuoteBryan Lightner, a member of the Cecil County Watershed Stewards, led the planting project again this year. He said the American Chestnut Foundation is collecting data on the four species planted: Sugarloaf, WMREC, Carver, and Scrivener.

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Woolly Bugger

Will American chestnut trees stage a comeback near Bethlehem's reservoirs?

QuoteThe Bethlehem Authority commemorated Earth Day on Monday by planting hundreds of seedlings aimed at bringing back the mighty chestnut trees that once dominated the canopy of that Carbon County forest surrounding the city's water supply.
The planting includes 400 chestnut seedlings and 600 red and white oak on a 2.5-acre patch near Wild Creek Reservoir. The mixed planting aims to mimic the native forest composition that once grew there before a blight decimated chestnut trees a century ago. Over the next several years, the authority will be tracking the seedlings for survival and using the oak species as a control group to learn what the soil will support.

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Woolly Bugger

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!”

me -There's a season?

Woolly Bugger

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!”

me -There's a season?


Quote from: Woolly Bugger on April 30, 2019, 10:28:09 amWhat it Takes to Bring Back the Near Mythical American Chestnut Trees | USDA


Whenever I see that pic, I get watery-eyed.  The civil war and the Chestnut blight are two of the great American tragedies.

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Hybridization, I'm not sure how I feel about the effort when it comes to the American Chestnut.  On the surface I see it as a fractional fix - perhaps a quicker perceived solution than other remedies like intercrossing of 100% American Chestnuts.   There are all-American blight resistant trees out there, of substantial size and bearing fruit.   So, is hybridization with Asian stock truly saving/restoring the American Chestnut?
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