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August 17, 2008


Sissy Willis

According to this American Scientist review of Susan Freinkel's "American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree" -- http://www.americanscientist.org/bookshelf/pub/blighted-hopes -- which I just happened to stumble upon after reading your post, there may be hope yet for our long-lost American Chestnut forest.


I know first hand the heartache that these pests can cause. I live in one of the two U.S. cities (both suburbs of Detroit) where the Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered back in the summer of 2002. We lost the two beautiful ash trees in our backyard due to those varmints. It was early on in the outbreak and the tree experts in our area had no idea what to do about the situation. We spent hundreds of dollars treating our trees with what was available on the market in the way of pesticides but nothing worked. There's not an ash tree left standing anywhere in our area anymore. Very sad.

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