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Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 6:31 pm

COLLINS - Volunteers met Thursday to plant bio-engineered American chestnut trees - the first of their kind in Western New York - at the William W. White American Chestnut Plantation near Gowanda.

It was 21 years ago that some of the same volunteers met at the same site to plant the first of more than 1,000 American chestnut seedlings in an attempt to keep the species alive long enough to overcome the blight that has decimated its numbers in the Eastern U.S. during the last 100 years.

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