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Boy Scouts help conserve the American chestnut tree

10:05 PM, Mar 10, 2012   |    comments
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A group of local Boy Scouts are learning the importance of conservation while working toward a prestigious award.

Troop 78 teamed up with the American Chestnut Foundation for a research project to conserve the American Chestnut tree.

Scouts spent the day planting 125 trees in the White Pine community Saturday.

Their work goes toward earning the "William T. Hornaday award."

It's given to Scouts to honor distinguished service in natural resource conservation.

Very few Boy Scouts have the opportunity to earn this award.

The trees the scouts plant will go toward developing a disease resistant strain of American Chestnuts.

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