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Re: What our forests looked like...

2006/12/13 9:28
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troutbert wrote:

franklin wrote:

troutbert wrote:
American Chestnut trees are pretty common in the southern block of Sproul State Forest. Most are pretty small trees. They grow for awhile, then the blight hits them. I have seen some of these that had a few chestnuts.

The chestnut trees people have at their farms are typically Chinese chestnuts. They are blight resistant and can produce a lot of chestnuts.

The ones I had were American Chestnut. (Other grandparents than those that had the farm.) Don't think I have eaten chestnuts in 50 years. Do the Chinese chestnuts taste the same as the American?

I have eaten lots of Chinese chestnuts, because we had trees when I was a kid, and I ate some this fall, from some trees growing in a SGL property, but I've never eaten American chestnuts.

Here's an interesting statement from the Wikipedia entry on American Chestnuts.

"C. dentata was once one of the most common trees in the Northeastern US. In Pennsylvania alone, it is estimated to have comprised 25-30% of all hardwoods."

That's right, but key word is hardwoods.

But in much of the state, the hardwoods are secondary growth.

Northern half of the state especially was mostly pine and hemlock.

Pat is correct. You can find that on wiki, tool

Eastern white pine forests originally covered much of northeastern North America. Only one percent of the old-growth forests remain after the extensive logging operations that existed from the 18th century into the early 20th century.

white pine

Lots of other useful info in that wiki page.

Troutbert, I believe your assessment of the first link in the OP is accurate. It was one small micro-sampling of a margin zone which is not indicative of the entire forest as implied in the title.

Posted on: 2/4 9:12

Edited by FarmerDave on 2014/2/4 9:30:56
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