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The Giving Tree

Maryland Chapter members plant 225 chestnut seedlings at its Central Maryland Research and Education Center seed orchard in late October. Photo by Dave Gill

At the turn of the 20th century, the Eastern United States was covered in billions of chestnut trees. In some places, such as the Appalachian Mountains and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where they thrived in sandy soil, one-quarter of all hardwoods were the majestic chestnut, known as the “Redwoods of the East,” as some stood more than 100 feet tall.

“There was nothing like the American chestnut,” says Gary Carver, president of the Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation. Then they all began dying. Read the full story at the Baltimore Magazine.