1. Locating surviving American Chestnut trees in Tennessee.
Do you know of the location of an American chestnut tree that
may bloom and that we could use to pollinate? Send a leaf and
twig sample to William White
to confirm that it is an American chestnut tree. His address and
information on sending the leaf and twig specimens are provided at:
2. Helping with pollinations and harvest. Pollinations are usually in June and harvest in September. Contact Hill Craddock at the Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga if you wish to help.
3. Planting breeding or mother tree orchards. If you have a farm with well-drained silt loam or sandy loam soil, and you are willing to take care of and protect young trees, you could participate by planting an orchard for use in the breeding program. Growers will need to sign The American Chestnut Foundation's Germplasm Agreement. Contact Hill Craddock if you are interested in being a grower. Click here to see Dr. Hill Craddock from the University of Chattangooga showing students how to plant American chestnut seedlings on Bridgestone Firestone Land.