You know, my ancestors date back as much as 20 million years in the Appalachian Mountain Region. Once, they were a dominant tree in the 200 million acres of forest from Maine to Georgia and west to the Mississippi. In some regions they made up to a quarter or more of the forest trees. Then a blight arrived that nearly wiped them out.
The photo is of five Appalachia youths posing in front of an American chestnut tree.