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The Tennessee Chapter is actively participating in The American Chestnut Foundation's program to breed blight-resistant chestnut trees. Here is how you can help.

1. Locating surviving American Chestnut trees in Tennessee. Do you know of the location of an American chestnut tree that may bloom and that we could use to pollinate? Send a leaf and twig sample to Paul Sisco first, to confirm that it is an American chestnut tree. Use the Chestnut Tree Identification Form. If it is confirmed to be an American, Dr. Sisco will send you a copy of our Chestnut Tree Locator Form to fill out and return so that we can have more complete information.

2. Searching for American Chestnut trees on the Highland Rim. Would you like to help in hunting for surviving chestnut trees on the Highland Rim of Middle Tennessee? Contact Prof. Joe Schibig at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin or Clint Neel at Tenn. Tech. in Cookeville to join a chestnut hunting expedition.

3. Helping with pollinations and harvest. Pollinations are usually in June and harvest in September. Contact Hill Craddock a the Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga if you wish to help

4. Planting breeding or mother tree orchards. If you have a farm with well-drained silt loam or sandy loam soil, and you are willing to take care of and protect young trees, you could participate by planting an orchard for use in the breeding program. Growers will need to sign The American Chestnut Foundation's Germplasm Agreement. Contact Paul Sisco if you are interested in being a grower.