In a previous post I talked about the vast mature forests of the Appalachians and wondered how chestnut would find their way with so much shade. After half a day on MeadWestvaco lands in West Virginia, I have at least part of the answer. MeadWestvaco manages a large forested landscape with nearly every stage of forest growth represented. Of particular value are the new clearcuts, which make perfect nurseries for young chestnut. Jay Engle, a forester for MWV, and his colleagues are stewarding a planting project in cooperation with WV-TACF and TACF staff. A variety of chestnuts has been planted in a new clearcut. So far, the results are encouraging (see picture). This is a dynamic landscape where chestnut could be established in full sunlight in forested settings (a young forest is still a forest) at intervals for decades. More of such landscapes are needed. Our partnership with MeadWestvaco is greatly appreciated and extremely valuable.