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American Chestnut tree back in Greenbrier Co.

LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- The American Chestnut tree is something experts say had been lost in Appalachia for years.

But now, groups are working to restore it to its former glory. Once a popular species, most of the American Chestnuts were wiped out by blight in the early 20th century said Matt Brinckman of the American Chestnut Foundation.

Lewisburg citizens, including Mayor John Manchester, gathered in Dorie Miller Park Friday morning to plant an American Chestnut seedling.

"The hope for planting this tree here is that it will grow into a mature form and folks can come out and see it, and get an idea of what we are trying to do to restore this tree," said Brinckman.

The seedling is 15/16 American Chestnut and 1/16 Chinese Chestnut, Brinckman told WVVA. It has been genetically modified to be blight-resistant.

It was an effort of the West Virginia chapter of the American Chestnut Association. To get involved, visit

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