The American chestnut and wildlife
Before being stricken by a blight early last century, chestnut trees were abundant. According to the American Chestnut Foundation, "& a count of trees [within its range] would have turned up one chestnut for every four oaks, birches, maples and other hardwoods."
Gifford Pinchot, who helped Theodore Roosevelt found the Forest Service and became its first chief, recalled seeing chestnut stands with trees 13 feet across and crowns spreading more than 120 feet above the forest floor. Charles ...
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