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On a hillside patch of fescue and orchardgrass near Finchville, a group of volunteers are laboring to restore an American icon.
One hole at a time, one hundred holes altogether, on one acre of ground, they are planting a breeding orchard for the American chestnut tree. The tree, once the dominant species of the eastern forest, is almost gone. Few people alive today have seen an American chestnut tree; even fewer remember when it reigned as the supreme tree of the forest. A blight that started in New York over 100 years ago wiped out the great chestnut forests.
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