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Hollins University plants and uses trees for study

May 13, 2013|Frankie Jupiter | Reporter

Roanoke County, Va. - —

Hollins University is giving back to nature. The school is planting chestnut trees on campus. It is partnering with the American Chestnut Foundation to eventually plant 10 American saplings.

The planting will give back a little more than life to the ecosystem. It will also serve as an educational tool about blight. It's a fungus that will eventually kill an American chestnut tree.

The trees will serve as a teaching tool for the biology department here. The story also serves as a link between the history of the people of Appalachia,” said event organizer, Anna Copplestone

Before the fungus infestation in the early 20th century, there were an estimated four billion chestnut trees.

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