From The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF)

Chestnut Chat: American Chestnut Restoration and Reintroduction Plantings
Friday, August 7 at 11:30AM (EDT) 

[Watch videos from the full archives of Chestnut Chats, from a Virtual Pollination Workshop to Using Drones to Benefit Chestnut Restoration to a Conversation with Chuck Leavell, Keyboardist and Chestnut Enthusiast.]

In 2007, the Southern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service began collaborating with TACF and The University of Tennessee to launch a large-scale reintroduction project in forests of the southern Appalachians. Over 4,000 seedlings have been planted in 15 sites across three states. These plantings have been evaluated annually for survival, growth, competitive ability, and of course, blight resistance.

Following more than a decade of research, we have learned that restoration of the American chestnut will require more than a blight-resistant tree. Knowledge on seedling production, silvicultural treatments, competition control, animal browse damage, and the ability to leverage existing resources will be crucial to restore this iconic tree to the 200 million acres it once occupied.

USFS Research Forester Stacy Clark will share the results and details of this ground-breaking research during TACF’s next live Chestnut Chat this Friday at 11:30 AM (EDT). Be sure to stick around following her presentation to participate in the Q&A session.

Stacy has been a research forester with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station since 2005. She is based in Knoxville, TN on the University of Tennessee campus where she is adjunct assistant professor. Her primary research interests are American chestnut restoration, artificial regeneration of oak, and dendrochronology.

Participants can join one of two ways:
Computer (via Zoom Webinar): The meeting will open 15 minutes prior to start time to allow an audio and video test. You will be prompted to enter an email address once you click here. (Entering an email is a formality of Zoom Webinar and will not be used for solicitation. If you do not want to provide your email, you can choose to use a fake address.)
Phone: +1-646-876-9923. When prompted, enter this webinar ID#: 944 2400 3115. International numbers available by clicking here.

Not able to join the live session? All chats are recorded and available at this page on our website. (Recordings typically take a week to publish following the live event date.)