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See the American chestnut story in film

See the American chestnut story in film

Experience the story of the American chestnut, a mighty wonder that once sustained all forms of life in the Appalachian Mountains, with a film screening at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

The new documentary “Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut” tells the story of passionate citizen scientists and researchers working to restore this ecologically and economically important species. The chestnut was once a common tree throughout the Appalachians whose wood, leaves and nuts were integral to the lives of people, animals and insects. But at the turn of the 20th century, a deadly blight accidentally imported into the U.S. from Asia devastated the species. Within a span of only two generations, the American chestnut was nearly extinct.

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