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This tree has been commercially extinct for one hundred years!

American Chestnut now available 10,000 b.f. 4/4 thickness  6" to12" width

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This is virgin Chestnut cut from the last standing Chestnut forest in the world.

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This will not be around long

At one time great American Chestnut forests  ranged from the Northern Yankee states to Georgia. Today this chestnut forest is gone. I don't mean endangered. I literally mean disappeared. This was brought about by the import of the Chinese  chestnut. Chestnut wood was one the most used wood/lumber sources in this country. Chestnut wood/ lumber was the strongest wood resource we had The Chestnut tree was of great girth and height. Producing Chestnut wood products on a larger scale than any other indigenous tree we had.  This is not the only import brought into this country that has wrought havoc. In the south, Jap. Kudzu was brought in, thinking it would be a fast growing food source for livestock (will not touch it). What it  turned out to be is total landscape strangulation, in any area it touches. Our latest import and mind you the greatest, is salmonella. Which Mexico has so happily sent us. Our American Chestnut forest loss was absolutely devastating, leaving only wormy chestnut lumber, but if we don't tighten what was our borders. We will be harvesting a more ominous wormy victim. Watching the demise of our American Chestnut forest, was sad. Watching our American children die from food poisoning will be a hell of a lot worse.  

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This article was written in the early 1900s 

Chestnut in the Future

P.L. Buttrick
Reprinted from
American Forestry, October, 1915. Huge American Chestnut Tree

Aside from its value for all sorts of uses, chestnut was long regarded as a valuable woodlot tree, because of many of its other qualities. A tree to succeed in the average farm woodlot must be quick growing, and chestnut is easily that; there are few hardwoods in its range which grow faster. In the South chestnut sprouts frequently attain fence-post size in 10 or 15 years, and tie size in 25 years. In the North farmers used to be able to depend on obtaining ties from chestnut trees 35 or 40 years old. Another fact which gave the tree such a value in the woodlot was the prolificness with which it sprouted. If you cut down a chestnut tree, you get many chestnut trees in its place, for, unless the tree is very old, a large number of sprouts spring up from the stump and grow like weeds, in a few years forming a group of thrifty young trees. In New England and the Middle States farmers took advantage of this sprouting capacity, which is possessed to a lesser degree by the other hardwoods of the region, and cleared off their woodlots every 30 or 40 years, trusting to the sprouts to grow up and form a new stand. It was a rough application of the well-known forestry system known as the simple coppice system.

The combination of desirability for many uses, particularly those not requiring extensive manufacture, together with its rapid growth, have made chestnut the leading woodlot tree of the Northeast. When foresters began to study woodlot conditions, they discovered much about the chestnut which the farmers already knew, and they advocated not only favoring the tree in the woodlot, but its extension, and many chestnut plantations were made as a result of their advice.

But its popularity was short lived, for today, notwithstanding all its good points, it is no longer upon the forester’s list of desirable trees, and, far from encouraging it, he is advocating its removal from the woodlot as speedily as possible. Enemies now attack this tree on every side, and it is very poor forestry to favor a tree against which nature has so definitely set her hand. The chestnut has been practically exterminated over whole sections where formerly it was common, and in many others it is now being destroyed by the wholesale. Its enemies bid fair to destroy it as a commercial tree, perhaps to push it to the borders of extinction.

One of these enemies has risen with almost drastic suddenness. Less than fifteen years ago the chestnut blight was unknown to the scientist or the woodsman. Seven years after the discovery, in 1904, near New York City, of this undesirable alien from northern China it was conservatively estimated to have done $25,000,000 worth of damage. At present it is found from Maine to North Carolina, and it is thought that it will all but exterminate the chestnut in the Northern States, where already it has destroyed its commercial value in many places, and may invade the South with like disastrous results. At a recent meeting of the lumbermen of southern New England it was the consensus of opinion that ten years or less will see the end of chestnut as a commercial species in that section, for no way has been found to definitely check its ravages, although the National Government and some of the States have spent large sums in the attempt.

So the forester is recommending the removal of all chestnut of commercial value in the region of blight infestation in order that it may be marketed before it is destroyed, for dead chestnut deteriorates rapidly in value. At the same time the removal of much of the chestnut may help to check the rapid spread of the disease.

The other enemies of the chestnut have confined their attacks largely to the southern portion of its range. They have been at work much longer than the blight and have in the aggregate caused a much greater damage, but their ravages spread less rapidly, and have not been as fully discussed or studied. In fact, there is much that we do not know about them. There seems to be a combination of insects, fungous diseases and fire, or perhaps something more deep seated, such as a widespread but obscure soil or climatic change, of which the others are but manifestations of subordinate causes, destroying the chestnut in the South. The trees generally die in midsummer and, unlike blight-killed trees, seldom sprout from the stump after the trunk is killed. Certain insects, notably the two-lined chestnut borer (Agrilus bilincatus), are almost always found under the bark of the dead or dying trees, but whether as cause or effect has sometimes been a matter of dispute. Formerly chestnut grew pretty well over the entire South, east of the Mississippi River and north of Florida. But about seventy-five years ago it began mysteriously to die out throughout the lowland portions of the region and today it is a disappearing straggler of no commercial importance everywhere except in the mountains, its former abundance being attested by old stumps, rotting logs, weathered fence rails, and the tales of the old inhabitants. Even in its Appalachian stronghold, where it reaches its greatest development and abundance, this strange dying off is going on in a few sections. At this time it is particularly active along the lower slope of the eastern side of the Blue Ridge, where whole mountain-sides are covered with gaunt white trunks of trees killed within the last few years.

Thirty years or less at the present rate of cutting will exhaust the supply of virgin chestnut timber in the Southern Appalachians, and outside of that region there is little to fall back upon save the second growth from such scattered woodlots as have escaped destruction. If the blight and the other agents of destruction continue their devastation, it looks as though within our lifetime the chestnut will have to be added to that melancholy list of American plants and animal, like the buffalo and the black walnut tree, of which we say “formerly common, now rare.”

See also "The American Chestnut Tree", also reprinted from American Forestry, October, 1915.

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 The American Chestnut met its untimely demise at about the turn of the nineteenth century, brought about by the introduction of the Asian Chestnut to this country. This tree carried a virulent fungus. This has been  a condition that until just recently has been without remedy. Although it did give birth to the Wormy Chestnut. Even now with the advent of cloning the American Chestnut, It will still be a lifetime before there will be any thing remotely resembling a harvest and by then the taking of tress for commercial purposes (other than yellow pine) will no longer be allowed in this country. All anyone will know about this tree is that the fruit is extremely expensive, and of course it's majestic beauty.

   Saying that, there is still and abundance of American chestnut available for those who would seek it. However this is not a spectator sport. One must be prepared to go out to rural areas, knock on doors, check the records of defunct companies. If, one can find an individual that remembers the who, what, and when. That will be extremely helpful, but don't count on it. Less I should forget. When you find this product in what is now it's natural state be ready for the good part, because this where the work starts.

   There is of course there is the simpler way. Call me or one of my competitors and we will sell it to you. I have American Chestnut and Wormy Chestnut available. Feel free to contact me personally.

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