In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 photo, a chestnut seedling sprouts in the shadow of an older tree in a test orchard outside Asheville, N.C. The American chestnut tree, the "redwood of the

 

              In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 photo, a chestnut seedling sprouts in the shadow of an older tree in a test orchard outside Asheville, N.C. The American chestnut tree, the "redwood of the
In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 photo, a chestnut seedling sprouts in the shadow of an older tree in a test orchard outside Asheville, N.C. The American chestnut tree, the "redwood of the East," once towered over everything in the forest from Georgia to Maine. It provided the raw materials that fueled the young nation's westward expansion, and inspired poets. Then a blight struck, and by the 1950s, this mightiest of trees was all but extinct _ "gone down like a slaughtered army," in one naturalist's words. Now, after 30 years of breeding and crossbreeding, scientists have developed a potentially blight-resistant tree. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)
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