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Howard County facility seeks volunteers to help chestnut trees come back

Howard County facility seeks volunteers to help chestnut trees come back

Dave Gill recalls hearing his mother reminisce about gathering fallen chestnuts in woods near her childhood home for use in stuffing at Thanksgiving.

That was in the 1920s, when the American chestnut tree was a common denizen of forests from Maine to Mississippi.

Over the last century, the stately tree — which once represented a quarter of eastern North America's hardwood forests — has all but disappeared, the victim of a deadly blight.

Residents will have an opportunity on Saturday, April 1, to help the American Chestnut Foundation in its efforts to bring the iconic species back.

As an orchard steward with the Maryland chapter of the foundation, Gill is seeking 30...

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