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Ag Class Visits Last Stand of American Chestnuts

On October 18, 2016 the Seneca Ag Forestry class traveled to West Salem, Wisconsin to visit the nationally known last stand of American chestnut trees. Students who visited the site were greeted by land owner Scott Bockenhauer and given the opportunity to explore this nearly extinct species. The American chestnut tree species was once prominent in the eastern United States forests and has all but been wiped out by a deadly blight. This frequently visited grove of trees is the site of many rehabilitation efforts of several universities. Students spent the day discussing scientific efforts and research with Mr. Bockenhauer as well as documenting height and diameter of living species for a class research project.