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american chestnut . .

This dead tree trunk is an American Chestnut. The photograph was taken in March of 1999. This tree was at least ten feet in diameter. The chestnut was once one of the dominant trees in the hardwood forests of eastern North America. Most of them were killed by a disease known as chestnut blight. This disease was brought to North America when Chinese chestnut was introduced. Although the Chestnut in the picture is gone, you can still see the large American beech tree that was bent when the chestnut fell on it. . The beech is on the Ted White Trail.

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Published 8 August 2012       Last revised 8 August 2012  ©Clay Hill Memorial Forest 2012

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