Michael French is a graduate student at the University of Kentucky and vice president of the Kentucky chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (ACF). Mr. French was formerly an extension specialist with ACF and was responsible for establishing chestnut orchards in various locations throughout Kentucky and the southeast.

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In the Appalachian mountain region, the loss of the American chestnut, along with the visible scars of coal-related surface mining, have had a doubly devastating effect. However, it is in viewing these two ecological disasters together that the possibility of a solution emerges. King of the Forest The forests of eastern North America were once …

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