Restoring the Majestic Chestnuts to Appalachia
Once the king of the eastern forests, the American Chestnut tree was devastated by blight early in the twentieth century. The blight was a result of importing Asian chestnut species to America. The native trees had no immunity to the foreign blight. Now the only chestnuts that remain in the wild are small seedlings that die when they reach a certain size.
See more about the planting here.