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American Chestnut: Ill-fated Monarch of the Eastern Hardwood Forest

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At the start of the 20th century, the American chestnut was the most important hardwood species from Massachusetts to the southern Appalachians. It had such fine, straight stump sprouts that early foresters were starting intensive coppice management. Then, the chestnut blight hit. Today, chestnut persists mostly as understory saplings and poles.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor Emeritus, Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 360 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Publication date: February 1, 2000

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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