Bringing Chestnut Back

December 8, 2012 - 10:33 AM
In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 photo, Traylor Renfro examines an American chestnut seedling growing from a diseased stump on his property in Grassy Creek, N.C. The American chestnut tree, the "redwood of the East," once towered over everything in the forest from Georgia to Maine. It provided the raw materials that fueled the young nation's westward expansion, and inspired poets. Then a blight struck, and by the 1950s, this mightiest of trees was all but extinct - "gone down like a slaughtered army," in one naturalist's words. A 50-foot chestnut nearby has yet to show signs of the blight that has all but wiped out the species. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)