Trout,Trout 2003 said:FLDBRED - I'll be the first in line to buy as many seeds as I can and plant them everywhere I can walk my feet to. I'll trespass if I need to hahahaha. I'm just into it!! I'm only 37 and have no recollection of the forrest of old. I'll also be dead before there is a tree worth looking at in Pa most likely and it will be 100's of years if not 1000's until the 400 million trees could be replaced. I'll never see it. But I would like to die someday know that I did something to help. I am dying to get one to plant in my yard.
I just hope that the 84% American Chestnut grows at GRAND as the old one did and the Asian traits stay to the blight resistance only. Guess we're years and years away from know that though. Still a ton of time.
A work in progress for sure, the final tree is yet to be produced. Some areas and some tree families seem to do better than others. But they have come a long way in 30 plus years. They feel they can produce a tree with as much blight resistance as the Chinese Chestnut with continued backcrossing and then there are the genetically engineered trees, that will be even MORE blight resistant than the CC. A lot of work to do, but at least now there is light.Stonewall said:I hunt the property where these trees were planted in Milford and know the landowners. The chestnut re-introduction is still a ways off as the blight resistance breeding program seems not to be yielding the hypothetical blight resistance traits so desired by all involved. It is still very much a work in progress. Some of the trees planted at the Milford Experimental Forest since I have been a member have, in fact, produced nuts! That is not to say that they will remain healthy for their entire life as the blight could still appear on them.