Tom Klak (geography & environmental restoration)


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Tom Klak is a geographer who's recent work has focused on the restoration of the American chestnut tree. Tom is part of a team of researchers who are working on reviving the chestnut through a transgenic process, so that it can survive the fungus that decimated (and all but eradicated) chestnuts when it was discovered in the U.S. in 1904.

If you have information about a chestnut tree where you live or roam, please feel free to reach out to Tom via email ( You can also learn more about the project(s) to restore the American chestnut tree at the American Chestnut Foundation (

One note about the recording: you'll hear more than a few birds in the background. We kept them in, because it is both delightful and a truthful representation of Tom and part of what drives his work.


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