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Billy Joe Fudge: Root systems of 1,000s of chestnuts surviving

Forester says that the one authenticated and scrutinized by chestnut experts is infected with the blight but has not been killed by it.
Comments re article 71483 American Chestnut descendant marked at Lindsey Wilson

By Billy Joe Fudge

Just a couple of comments concerning this article.

There are many American Chestnut trees growing in Adair County. The blight cannot live in the soil therefore the root systems of thousands of trees are still surviving in Adair County's more than 125,000 acre, naturally regenerated forest.

These surviving root systems will occasionally put forth shoots that for the most part only reach sapling size before succumbing to the blight. During the tree's short foray above ground it will make food and pass it back down into the root system to assure that another root sprout can repeat this process again in the future.

There is however, only one tree of which I'm aware that has been scrutinized and researched to the point that most experts agree that it has actually survived above ground. It actually is infected by the blight but has not been killed by it.

Additionally, I'm in no way implying that the Lindsey Wilson Tree is not American Chestnut. I've not seen it and was not aware of its existence, so I cannot speak to its authenticity.

- Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester

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