Culture

Five young women from Appalicia standing almost shoulder to shoulder are as wide as the trunk of the American Chestnut tree trunk that they are in front of.
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.