Georgia Tree Farm Helping To Re-Establish American Chestnut

"BULLARD -- Moments after planting a group of young trees behind his Charlane Plantation home, Chuck Leavell was already thinking of future generations of another kind of tree -- his family tree.

“It’s my vision that our grandchildren will bring their children out here and play up underneath these chestnut trees, and hopefully many, many more that we’ll plant in the years to come,” the Rolling Stones keyboard player said Tuesday.

The four American chestnut trees, donated by The American Chestnut Foundation, were planted at the home of Leavell and his wife, Rose Lane, as part of a tree demonstration site to develop an American chestnut tree resistant to disease that nearly wiped out the species decades ago."

Caryn Grant reports for the Macon Telegraph March 23, 2011.

Thursday, March 24, 2011