American Chestnut

Rare American chestnut discovered at Coverdale Farm Preserve

Ian Stewart, Matt Bailey and Joe Sebastiani Last week an accidental discovery brought the Delaware Nature Society a link with a past that few of us had known. Bret Lanan, a knowledgeable deer hunter exploring an obscure corner of our Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville alerted Dave Pro, the DNS Land Steward, to what he …

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The Once and Future King (of the forest)?

By Jason Beale, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center Manager Towering American Chestnuts (Castanea dentata) defined much of the eastern forest from the colonial period until the early 1900’s.  Valued by humans and wildlife alike for its bountiful nuts, the tree was also used for lumber and leather tanning. The eastern forest was forever changed when an …

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