Blighted Icon: Volunteers Aim To Revive Chestnut

Blighted icon: Volunteers aim to revive chestnut
Associated Press
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Updated 7:30 a.m., Saturday, December 8, 2012
In the four years since planting the fuzzy, deep-brown nuts, he nursed the seedlings — through back-to-back droughts, a killing frost, even an infestation of 17-year locust — applying herbicides and mowing between the rows to knock down anything that might compete.

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