- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

ORANGE, Va. (AP) - An American chestnut seedling that potentially is resistant to blight will be planted at Montpelier.

The ceremonial planting will be held Friday behind the visitor center at President James Madison’s estate in Orange.

The planting will honor Tom Dierauf, retired director of research at the Virginia Department of Forestry.

The Virginia chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation says Dierauf is a leading woodlands expert who spent much of his career working to develop a chestnut tree that’s resistant to disease.

The foundation is leading an effort to restore the American chestnut to the nation’s eastern forests. A blight wiped out most of the trees in the early 20th century.

Last year, a dozen potentially blight-resistant seedlings were planted at Montpelier.

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