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Can I share photos or videos of possible American Chestnut grove?
Identify American Chestnuts from images or video?
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bwilson4web
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December 25, 2023 - 1:34 pm

Redstone Arsenal has a nature trail area near the Tennessee River where I like to walk my dogs. Then I noticed a lot of American Chestnut-like trees:

  • Double trunked from single source.
  • Last fall's seed pods, small and hairy (brought back a sample.)
  • Evidence of small blight-like, killed trees, without bark.
  • Some very straight, very tall trees whose trunks are about the diameter of a large power pole.
  • Some leaf litter that includes semi-serrated leafs (brought back a sample.)

Tomorrow, I can go back and make some videos showing what I've seen including close ups of bark. I'll try to share images of the samples I found (they are in the glovebox.)

If this is a grove of American Chestnuts in the wild, what and to whom should I share what I've found?

BACKGROUND:

I'm a 74 year old, retired engineer with only a passing curiosity about the American Chestnut. I don't have the skills to know what I'm looking at. But I would be happy to give GPS coordinates or even guide an expert to this grove.

Thanks,

Bob Wilson

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bwilson4web
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December 25, 2023 - 1:56 pm

The edit timeout was quicker than I could get to the car and make this photo:

chestnut_huh.jpeg

Bob Wilson

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John S
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December 25, 2023 - 3:23 pm

I can't confirm that those are chestnuts, but if they are, here is where I would go:

 

https://tacf.org/

 

John S
PDX OR

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Dubyadee
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December 26, 2023 - 4:00 pm

The leaf and the seed pod do not look much like chestnut. The lobes on the leaves are similar to white oak. I found pictures on the internet of a swamp white oak leaf and acorn cap that resembles your find. 

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My chestnut trees have sharply serrated leaves and the pods are very spiky and sizable  

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