Efforts Underway To Restore American Chestnut Tree In Maryland | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Efforts Underway To Restore American Chestnut Tree In Maryland

Play associated audio
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.
U.S. Army Environmental Command: http://www.flickr.com/photos/armyenvironmental/4442413337/
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.

NPR

Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.