The American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project at ESF
A Forest Reborn
The ESF American Chestnut Project has developed a blight-tolerant American chestnut tree, and is working to restore this iconic and valuable cultural symbol to the forest ecosystems of the eastern United States.
Kaitlin Breda, Chestnut Project
A Growing Effort
- We nearly killed off these trees. But biotech can bring them back. (Washington Post, 5/18)
Learn more about how a solution developed by ESF researchers is leading the way in returning the American chestnut to our forests.
We have started growing 10,000 blight-resistant American chestnut trees to restore the tree to its native range. Help us meet the challenge!