American Chestnut Trees Planted at Holy Cross Monastery
Friday, November 16th, at 1:30 pm, Robert Sypolt of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation helped us plant two American Chestnut trees at our monastery.
The American Chestnut used to comprise twenty-five percent of the Appalachian forest. It was a valuable tree both for lumber and food until a fungus was accidentally introduced in the year 1904. Within forty years this fungus caused a blight that killed almost all American Chestnut trees, approximately four billion.
The trees that have been planted here are the result of thirty-five years of research and labor by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore this tree to its native habitat.
You can learn more at https://www.acf.org/.