Though the American chestnut tree was once a major part of the eastern United States landscape, it pretty much went extinct over a century ago on account of a deadly spread of fungus. Now, it’s 2024 and we have some good news for tree lovers in New York: Using cutting-edge genetic engineering practices, The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is working hard on repopulating the trees all throughout the state! For more information on the American chestnut tree in New York and the current repopulation efforts, keep reading.

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It’s always good news to hear that a beloved American tree is going to be coming back from the dead. This is a story still in progress, so we encourage everyone to follow the saga of the new American chestnut tree in New York and see where it goes next. Speaking of trees, we made a great list of nine amazing treetop adventures that you can only have in New York. And for those searching for the best supplies for some spring hiking adventures, we made a list for that, too.

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