Support the ProjectThe American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project
Ten Thousand Chestnut Challenge
Over the next five years, our goal is to grow ten thousand blight-resistant American chestnut trees to jumpstart the effort to restore the tree to its native range in North America. Take action right now to keep us going strong! By making a tax deductible contribution to our project, and by sharing this challenge with your friends and colleagues, you can join our team and help us meet the challenge of actually growing ten thousand blight-resistant trees.
Make a Secure Online Donation to the American Chestnut Fund!
The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project is developing blight resistant American chestnut trees in a not-for-profit way in order to promote the restoration of this ecologically important keystone species to our forests. We are not patenting the blight resistant American chestnut trees so that once we have regulatory approval, all people will be able to propagate them themselves. This will be a long restoration project and we will need your help.
Thanks to all who contributed in the past!
Over the past 25 years and more, various organizations and generous donors, giving both large and small contributions, supported this research. We appreciate all the help over the years and thank all the following. This list is probably not complete, but we are grateful for everyone who has contributed and we look forward to your continuing support.
- Donations from individuals like you
- New York Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation
- Camp Fire Club of America
- 10,000 Chestnut Challenge crowd funding campaign
- Weyerhaeuser New England
- Lions Club of Chittenango, NY
- USDA NIFA BRAG program
- The Forest Health Initiative (FHI)
- ArborGen LLC
- The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research (CPBR)
- The American Chestnut Foundation
- Institute of Forest Biotechnology
- Wildlife Mississippi (Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation)
- TACFNY/Monsanto Fund
- The National Hardwood Lumber Association
- Wild Turkey Federation
- Northern Nut Growers Association
- The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation
- USDA CREES competitive grants
- USDA McIntire-Stennis formula funds
- New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)
- New York State Legislature
- New York State American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project, sponsored by Senator Mary Lou Rath
To make a direct donation to the "American chestnut fund" to help support this research, please contact:
How can you get one of the transgenic trees?
Details for distribution of the blight resistant American chestnut trees, once they are approved for non-regulated status, are still being worked out between ESF and the NY chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACFNY). What we can say at this point in the deliberations is that TACFNY members will be first in line to receive trees (Note: To get into this line, be sure to join the New York chapter of TACF at the national TACF website, even if you are from another state).
We are also planning ways to offer trees to botanical gardens and arboretums for educational purposes, historic sites where chestnuts were important, and to set up restoration research plots. Soon after that they should be available to the general public and to start practical applications like mine reclamation projects. If we can produce 10,000 blight resistant American chestnut trees by the time we have federal approval, there should be enough to "prime the pump" of restoration.