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Summer day along Lake Hopatcong near Nolan Point Park Road in Lake Hopatcong, NJ - July 19, 2016   MORE PICTURES!

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Rutgers researchers nurture young trees in hopes of reviving American chestnut

May 01, 2016 - As Arbor Day is observed Friday, Rutgers University researchers are making efforts to bring back a species of tree that used to be among the tallest along the Eastern Seaboard.

American chestnuts made up about a quarter of Northeast forests until a fungus from trees imported from Asia in the late 19th century wiped them out, said Christina Kaunzinger, a senior ecologist at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

"They provided a dependable source of nuts for the wildlife of the forest and for people as well," she said. "The trees themselves produced rot-resistant wood that was used for a lot of timber applications."

Experimental hybrid American chestnut trees cross-bred with blight-resistant Asian varieties were planted by Rutgers researchers in Somerset County six years ago; so far, they’re thriving.

Meanwhile, researchers in New York are taking a different approach. They’ve genetically engineered chestnut saplings immune to the fungus.

Rutgers plant biology professor Brad Hillman hopes restoration attempts will succeed.

"It would be terrific to see some of the same types of landscapes as in the 1800s and 1700s. It was an important part of the forestry system at the time for a good reason," Hillman said. "People loved the tree."

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Dining in Northern New Jersey North Jersey Restaurant Guide
Find some new places for dining and entertainment in Northern New Jersey!! Indian? French? Thai? Italian cuisine? North Jersey has it all! Click Here!


Queen Sizzler Delmonico steak
Queen Sizzler demonico ribeye steak with mushrooms and onions in chefs secret sauce

Chicken Ireland at the trackside restaurant
Chicken Ireland with fresh mozzarella and sauteed spinach, scampi style
Trackside Bar and Grill

 The Trackside Bar and Grill is located next to the Butler Museum/train station on Main  Street.  At street level, there is a traditional, workingman's pub held over fom the Butler Hard Rubber Company days. Upstairs,  is a small chef-owned restaurant with a comfortable dining room.  The grill serves continental cuisine along with american favorites.  Burgers and wraps are available in addition to dinner entrees including chicken, shrimp, fish and steaks.
Trackside Bar and Grill
227 Main Street
Butler, New Jersey
973-838-8044



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