The last great chestnut trees of the Southern Appalachians died off by the 1950s, but they're coming back with the help of Dolly Parton. Yes, that's right. Our Lady of Seviersville just put out a song on the American Chestnut Foundation (ACF) website.
And what's this got to do with food? Roasted chestnuts are a human treat and they're a valuable food source for wildlife as well. That, plus the fact that chestnuts were often referred to as "Redwoods of the East" for their massive size and rot-resistant lumber. Here's hoping the ACF will pull off the restoration of this valuable tree, some of which I hope to see on future hikes in the Appalachians.