Sheldon Marsh's chestnut tree, believed to be the biggest surviving American chestnut tree in Ohio, will soon be branching out to other locations in the state.
Buds from the tree have been shipped to Dr. Greg Miller, president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation and the proprietor of the Empire Chestnut Co. in Carrollton.
Miller said he plans to reproduce about 20 trees by attaching the buds from the small branches to existing American chestnut seedlings. Eventually the offspring of the Sheldon Marsh chestnut will be planted in the Mohican State Forest south of Mansfield.
The small branches were collected from the top of the tree with a shotgun blast, Miller said.
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