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September 20, 2018
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Scientists hope new chestnut forest takes hold at old mine site
(WOUB) - In the 1930s, an Asian fungus nearly wiped out Ohio's population of Chestnut trees. Now a group of scientists hope they can revive the chestnut forests by planting a disease resistant variation on an abandoned strip mine.

Today, on three acres of a nature preserve north of Zanesville, Ohio University students and researchers are planning to sow about 1,200 chestnut seedlings. The area used to be a strip mine, and natural resource administrator John Husted says Ohio has an additional 35,000 acres of former mines that could be reclaimed as forest land.

The new seedlings have an advantage over their predecessors. They're specifically bred to be resistant to the fungus that devastated forests across the state in the early 1900s.

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