Restoring the Chestnut Tree

Once wide ranging in the eastern U.S. and important food source for deer, the trees were destroyed by blight. Efforts are underway to restore the chestnut trees.


A New Hope for the American Chestnut March 18, 2020 QDMA

... Dr. Powell, along with Dr. Charles Maynard ... have created an American chestnut tree that will resist the fatal blight... true American chestnut trees have been genetically altered to help them defend against the fungal parasite... chestnut trees spanned the Appalachian Mountains and beyond, offering to wildlife an abundance of nuts with more digestible protein than acorns or beech nuts...

A New Hope for the American Chestnut March 18, 2020 QDMA

... Dr. Powell, along with Dr. Charles Maynard ... have created an American chestnut tree that will resist the fatal blight... true American chestnut trees have been genetically altered to help them defend against the fungal parasite... chestnut trees spanned the Appalachian Mountains and beyond, offering to wildlife an abundance of nuts with more digestible protein than acorns or beech nuts...


ODNR helping restore chestnut trees to Ohio landscapes January 4, 2016 Morrow County Sentinel

... Native populations of American chestnut were devastated by the chestnut blight disease that was introduced to the U.S. during the early 1900s... until its decline in population, provided important food for bear, deer, turkey ...


American chestnut may rise again May 8, 2016 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor

... the ongoing effort to restore the American chestnut to eastern forests. Six trees – crossbred with the blight-resistant Chinese chestnut over multiple generations – were planted on Concord land ... could produce as many as 6,000 nuts, which because they were loaded with protein and vitamins were a vital food staple for bears, deer and other wildlife ...


Chestnuts show promise (deer browsing not a problem) August 8, 2011 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel

...Once an essential component of the eastern forest ecosystem, the American chestnut was decimated by a lethal fungus known as the chestnut blight that spread from Maine to Florida and west to the Ohio Valley during the early-to-mid 1990s...."We're hoping to continue monitoring these trees for at least the next 10 years," Clark said. "Our goal it to determine the best prescription for planting chestnuts in the woods on a forest-wide scale."



One of the Best Trees for Deer: The Origins of the Dunstan Chestnut September 17, 2019 DeerandDeerHunting.com

... Before the first Europeans arrived, and for a long time after, the forests of eastern North America looked very different than they do today... Those forests were also dominated by American chestnuts ... wiped out by a blight... deer love acorns, a preference for chestnuts is still permanently encoded into their DNA. They recognize the nutritional superiority of chestnuts ... Chestnut tree seeds ... Chestnut trees ...


Restoring the American chestnut by researching its genome July 23, 2019 Virginia Tech

...a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help Associate Professor Jason Holliday of the College of Natural Resources and Environment research methods to utilize the genetic diversity of remaining trees as part of broader efforts to introduce disease-resistant American chestnuts to U.S. forests...


Restoring the American chestnut by researching its genome July 23, 2019 Virginia, EurekAlert

... In 1904, a fungal blight was first discovered on trees in New York City, accidentally introduced via imported Asian chestnut trees. The invader spread quickly ... The large tree was a crucial food source, producing nuts that were a staple in the diets of white-tailed deer ...


Below: Dr. James Kroll and R.D. Wallace of Chestnut Hill Nursery discuss the history of the chestnut and why it was the most important food tree for deer, and how the blight resistant Dunstan Chestnut makes possible replanting the American forests with chestnut trees to attract deer. - April 3, 2013