A unique, historic orchard returns to life at Old Fort Lewis

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A unique, historic orchard returns to life at Old Fort Lewis

Century-old trees contain apple varieties once thought extinct
Jonathan Burnette, front, and Jake DeRutte, both with the National Civilian Community Corps, trim dead branches off of apple trees on Wednesday in the historic orchard at the Old Fort Lewis campus near Hesperus. The apple and orchard is under restoration.
A tag on a grafted apple tree by the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project in the historic orchard at the Old Fort Lewis campus.

A unique, historic orchard returns to life at Old Fort Lewis

Jonathan Burnette, front, and Jake DeRutte, both with the National Civilian Community Corps, trim dead branches off of apple trees on Wednesday in the historic orchard at the Old Fort Lewis campus near Hesperus. The apple and orchard is under restoration.
A tag on a grafted apple tree by the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project in the historic orchard at the Old Fort Lewis campus.

A unique, historic orchard returns to life at Old Fort Lewis

Jake DeRutte, left, and Jonathan Burnette, both with the National Civilian Community Corps, walk past a young tree that was grafted and planted next to the tree it was taken from in the historic orchard at the Old Fort Lewis.

A unique, historic orchard returns to life at Old Fort Lewis

An apple tree that has flowered for decades in the historic orchard at the Old Fort Lewis campus.

A unique, historic orchard returns to life at Old Fort Lewis

Beth LaShell, coordinator of the Old Fort near Hesperus, looks over the historic 4-acre orchard.
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