Zoar Valley chestnuts
Bryan Burhans, president of the American Chestnut Foundation, plants a bio-engineered, blight-resistant American chestnut tree June 17 at a special plantation on the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area in the town of Collins, Erie County. Standing (from left) are Dr. Charles Maynard of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse; Herbert Darling, president of the New York Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation; and Mary Lou Rath, former state senator who sponsored grants for research to find a blight-resistant American chestnut. Photo by Rick Miller/Olean Times Herald
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
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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Friday, June 18, 2010 6:31 pm.