Blue Ridge Parkway Destinations Center's 
  American Chestnut Display

TOPIC: The Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center's American Chestnut Display.

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Date: Mon, Oct 20 2008 4:05 pm
From: James Parton

Fellow Ents,
The Blue Ridge Parkway has a new Destination Center near Asheville NC that has a major display dedicated to the American Chestnut tree. In fact it is the dominant attraction in the building. It gives basic info on the tree and it's contribution to American History and it's demise to the blight. Even the Hemlock's peril is mentioned for comparison. It is a cool display even though the artificial nuts in the display look more Chinese in size than American. It even has an artificial chestnut limb complete with leaves.

It is a shame that this is the closest many people will ever get to an American Chestnut, not realizing that they still exist, even if at a reduced state. The chestnut trees of Mt. Pisgah are mentioned here, which is a really good place to view living trees in number.

James P

TOPIC: The Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center's American Chestnut Display.

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Date: Wed, Oct 22 2008 3:26 pm
From: Matthew Hannum


That looks like a very nice exhibit, though I we didn't need such a
memorial and that the chestnuts were still with us in their former

I took my parents to a local park over the weekend and showed them a
few American Chestnut trees, including one that stood about 20+ feet
tall. I can safely say that they have never seen any member of this
species alive since the Blight had basically destroyed the tree by
WWII. It was a bittersweet moment since that one, sad little tree is
merely a shadow of what once was... and even it had some signs of the
Blight (loosening bark, deformations in the truck, etc.)

If it were just the American Chestnut we had lost, it would be bad
enough, but the Hemlocks are vanishing, the Ash trees of all kinds are
disappearing, and other exotic threats loom, such as Beech Bark
Disease, various Oak illinesses, the Asian Longhorn Beetle, various
pests in the conifers out west, and so on. At least one can buy DED
resistant Elm trees these days, and hopefully within 10 years or so,
Blight resistant American Chestnuts will be available to the public
for reasonable prices. I just wish humanity wasn't destroying species
(trees or otherwise) faster than we're able to come up with ways to
correct our mistakes.

Anyway, nice exhibit and one well worth seeing since most people tend
to think of extinct or nearly extinct species as "things in the
distant past" like mammoths, etc. The loss of the American Chestnut is
an eye-opener for many, I am sure.

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Date: Wed, Oct 22 2008 4:45 pm
From: James Parton


I would love to talk to someone old enough to remember the chestnut in
its former pre-blight glory. Unfortunantly that person would be well
up in years. Probably in the 90s.