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The Tennessee Chapter is actively participating in The American Chestnut Foundation's program to breed blight-resistant chestnut trees. Here is how you can help.

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: http://www.acf.org/find_a_tree.php
Also, contact Joe Schibig at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN, via email Joe.Schibig@volstate.edu or phone (615-230-3270) if you think you have found a flowering/fruiting American chestnut.

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.