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The one-acre American chestnut orchard established on Volunteer Training Site-Catoosa now supports approximately 225 seeds and seedlings. Eight-foot fences protect the delicate seedlings from deer and other animals.
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The one-acre American chestnut orchard established on Volunteer Training Site-Catoosa now supports approximately 225 seeds and seedlings. Eight-foot fences protect the delicate seedlings from deer and other animals.

Researchers with the University of Maryland are working on a new project to restore the American chestnut tree to the western part of the state, reports the Associated Press.

The American chestnut is known as the redwood of the east. The trees once dominated the east coast landscape until the chestnut blight fungus decimated their populations.

The university's Center for Environmental Science says it is working with the American Chestnut Foundation and western Maryland residents to bring it the tree back to the area.

Researchers from the center's Appalachian Laboratory plan to discuss how residents can help with the project during a public meeting on March 9 at the lab in Frostburg. The researchers will also discuss the importance of the trees for healthy forests and streams.

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