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Restoring the American Chestnut


Support the ProjectThe American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project

Ten Thousand Chestnut Callange

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!

Thank you...

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.

Current Supporters

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.

To make a direct donation to the "American chestnut fund" to help support this research, please contact:

ESF Development MembersESF Development Office
214 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

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.

Members Restoring Treesmonarch butterfly in young tree

By supporting the American chestnut, you are also supporting habitat for many wildlife creatures, such as this monarch butterfly feeding on an American chestnut catkin. (photo by Andy Newhouse)