The Chattanooga Chestnut Tree Project
Our Mission

        The goal of the Chattanooga  Chestnut Tree Project is the restoration of the American chestnut to the Southern Appalachian and Cumberland Plateau Regions.  The return of the chestnut to its place in the forest canopy requires a two-part plan of action: research on biological control of the chestnut blight disease and breeding the trees for disease resistance.  A secondary goal of the Project is to provide support for the establishment of a commercial chestnut industry (for nut production) based on improved cultivars.

More About Chestnut Trees
        Click here for more information about chestnut trees around the world (J. Hill Craddock's Chestnut Links).

About Us
        Click here for more information about the Chattanooga Chestnut Tree Project volunteers and other chestnut people.

How to get involved

Tennessee American Chestnut "Mother Tree" Inventory.  Click here if you know the location of a blooming American chestnut!
Click here to find out how you, too, can participate in the restoration of the american chestnut.

 Student Projects
        Survey of surviving Castanea dentata germplasm in the South Cumberland
        Biological control of chestnut blight
        Mycology survey of the Lula Lake Land Trust
        Mother Tree Inventory

Recent Publications of Chestnut Project Members
        TN-TACF Mid-Winter Meeting, 29 Jan 2005 (Powerpoint Presentation)
        Castanea Germplasm Conservation Poster, Chaves, Portugal 2004
        Chestnut Cultivar Trial Poster, Chaves, Portugal 2004 
        ASA Conference Paper 2002.

Chestnut Identification

Click here for help distinguishing the different chestnut species commonly encountered in the USA (Page by Paul Sisco)  
Links to Chestnut ID pages

Where to get chestnuts and chestnut trees
        Click here for a list of nurseries and online catalogs that sell chestnuts and chestnut products

For more information about chestnuts, try clicking on the links below:

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James Hill Craddock
Robert M. Davenport Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga TN 37403-2598  USA

Tel. (423) 755-4341 = office
     (423) 785-2285 = fax

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