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Restoring the Chestnut

A quarter of all hardwood trees in Eastern forests used to be of one species. The American chestnut. Today, Ron Doyle is thankful to have a writing pen made of that wood. His dad, Irvin, gave him the pen as a gift in the 1980s. The elder Doyle had recovered the wood from a barn he owned. A friend turned it and several others on a lathe. Read More

Professors come home to Georgia to plant live oaks in research plots
(, January 5, 2016)

It is unusual, however, when the plants are live oak seedlings inside 8-foot fences at the Cannon’s Point Preserve on St. Simons Island. The seedlings will grow in research plots planted under the guidance of a pair of forestry professors from Purdue University and New Mexico State who have roots in Georgia. Read More

No accident: Ancient walnut forests linked to languages, trade routes
(September 3, 2015)

If Persian walnut trees could talk, they might tell of the numerous traders who moved along the Silk Roads’ thousands of miles over thousands of years, carrying among their valuable merchandise the seeds that would turn into the mighty walnut forests that are spread across Asia. Read More