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Forum topic by Joel Shappell posted 04-05-2015 01:14 AM 826 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joel Shappell

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04-05-2015 01:14 AM

My buddy has 40 acres. Within there are hundreds of American chestnut trees. Some are 3-4 ft in diameter. I’ve done my research and realize how rare adult trees are. My buddy will not sell them under any circumstances and I agree. Question, if one is knocked down by a storm how much per board feet would it be worth? Fyi, I will not be disclosing the location and believe these trees still exist because they are at the extreme western edge of their habitable range and with prevailing winds from the west the blight is not able to reach them. Just my own theory.


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Greg In Maryland

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#1 posted 04-05-2015 01:34 AM

Joel,

Can’t help you at all, but I recall reading that some shady “loggers” went into someone else’s forested property and clear cut most, if not all the acreage. Hopefully your buddy is able to keep a good eye on the property to prevent this.

Also, it might make sense to attempt to figure out exactly why those trees have escaped the blight. The National Elm Trial might be a source for him.

That’s good news that there are still survivors.

Greg

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#2 posted 04-05-2015 01:44 AM

Excellent suggestion Greg, I’ll pass the info on… Thanks.

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#3 posted 04-05-2015 11:19 AM

These are chestnuts, not elms: try http://www.acf.org/ or http://www.esf.edu/chestnut instead.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 04-05-2015 11:49 AM

This is good timing. A local guy had a chestnut tree that escaped the blight, but didn’t escape a recent wind storm. He is selling it between $10.50 and $14.50, depending upon how much you buy. I may go take a look at some this week.

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/mat/4951930203.html

BTW, I have no affiliation with the seller, just saw it on Craigslist.

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#5 posted 04-05-2015 11:52 AM

That is so interesting to hear about a stand of Chestnuts.

It is so hard to see so many different trees being lost. I had to have 4 large ash trees taken down due to emerald ash borer. We have seen else, ash, and pines being destroyed by disease and foreign bugs.

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#6 posted 04-05-2015 02:13 PM

There is apparently a variety that’s blight resistant now. I just planted 2 and they should be nice trees in another 50-75 years. These are being sold as “food plot” trees, and that’s actually why I bought them (to attract animals into the yard). But they are supposed to be as large as the original variety.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 04-05-2015 06:40 PM



These are chestnuts, not elms: try http://www.acf.org/ or http://www.esf.edu/chestnut instead.

- jdh122


Oops, I guess I had elm on my mind ….

Greg

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