Boy Scouts and Others To Plant Chestnut Trees at Reserve
Boy Scouts at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope will conduct a chestnut tree planting April 19.
The American Chestnut Foundation says the Scout Reserve is located near the center of the American chestnuts’ historical range in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.
Volunteers will plant several hundred potentially blight resistant chestnut trees provided by the foundation near the west end of the Consol Energy Bridge.
The effort is part of the foundation's breeding program to restore the American chestnut to the nation's eastern forests.
At one time American chestnuts stood up to 100 feet tall, and numbered in the billions. In the beginning of the 20th century a fungus accidentally imported from Asia was responsible for a blight that decimated the country's chestnut forests.
Boy scouts and non- scouts are welcome to participate in the planting. Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear and bring water, snacks, gloves, and shovels if possible.
Participants will meet at the New River Gorge National River Headquarters in Mt. Hope at 9 am and lunch will be provided.