Post 1 is located at a forest regeneration site at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the headquarters of the Audubon Naturalist Society. Deer have freely roamed Woodend for years, feeding on tender young tree saplings. Without new trees, natural forest succession has been disturbed. The forest edge and understory also suffered from invasive bamboo, honeysuckle, and burning bush that displaced the native plants that would naturally blanket the forest floor. Forest restoration efforts included installation of a deer fence and removal of invasive plants. To jump-start forest succession, a diverse mix of native plants were added. This mix included newly bred American chestnuts, produced to resist chestnut blight.
This Picture Post site will monitor the recovery of the forest and understory, and watch for signs of success of the American chestnut breeding program.