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Billy Joe Fudge: Jury still out on mass harvest of chestnuts

Maybe not harvesting trees when chestnut blight hit our shores would not have saved his most magnificent tree. Today, a similar plight threatens Ash, as Emeald Ash Borer makes its way south from Michigan
Comments re article 71512 Wonders how many Chestnuts might have survived if left alone from Brad Byington

By Billy Joe Fudge

Actually Brad, it went further than that in that the reality was that folks actually harvested healthy trees which were of large enough girth to be economically feasible for harvesting. Landowners were seeking to limit their losses when this devastating disease was brought to our shores around 1906.


I understand your reasoning and that theory has been researched and explored for decades. The truth is, we will never know but since only the harvestable sized trees were cut, then there were multiple millions of healthy younger trees left across the Eastern Hardwood Forest in addition to millions of mature trees which could not be harvested before they actually died. We can, I think, safely surmise that not harvesting the trees would not have saved this most magnificent tree.

Our Eastern Hardwood Forest is suffering through the loss of all species of Ash at present. The Emerald Ash Borer was brought into our country from the Orient some time around 2000 and was first discovered in Michigan. Since then it has been spreading south each year and is now killing Ash in the Lexington, Frankfort and Northern Kentucky area.


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