Mother Nature does an exemplary job of providing for her dependents, but that doesn’t mean she can’t use a helping hand once in a while. And the story of the Dunstan Chestnut offers a prime example.
The Beginnings of the Dunstan Chestnut
Before the first Europeans arrived, and for a long time after, the forests of eastern North America looked very different than they do today. For starters, they were far less disturbed, except by nature itself. Those forests were also dominated by American chestnuts (Castanea dentata), which grew 12 stories tall and wider at the base than two men could reach around, each capable of producing bushel baskets of nutritious nuts.
Then in the…