The Nature Conservancy in Vermont's team planting American elm trees.
American Elm Planting The Nature Conservancy in Vermont's team planting American elm trees. © Gus Goodwin

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Restoring the American Elm Tree

Vermont

We have been bringing back a species! For the past three years The Nature Conservancy has led the largest restoration of disease-tolerant American elms in the northeast. We have been planting the elms by the thousands in floodplains throughout Vermont and the Connecticut River Valley to return the iconic species to the landscape, while improving wildlife habitat, water quality, and flood resiliency. Hear from our Conservation Coordinator, Gus Goodwin, on the challenges and the promise of the project, and the science behind the disease-tolerant strain of American-elm that Conservancy scientist, Dr. Christian Marks, has cultivated.