Chestnut Tree Reintroduction Project

Chestnut within opened pod

Reintroducing the American Chestnut Tree

Our Mission and Goals for the Project

  • Learn the process for planting and growing fungus-resistant 98% pure American Chestnut trees
  • Receive training and assistance from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation
  • Select an HLPT tract of land for American Chestnut Tree planting and prepare the land for planting
  • Receive hybrid and generic chestnuts and seedlings for planting
  • Start trees from seed in HLPT refrigerator and greenhouse
  • Seek funding from local organizations and through public donations
  • Hold a public fundraising seminar with a guest speaker from the American Chestnut Foundation
  • Involve the public, especially young children, in the Chestnut Tree planting project
  • Presentations with organizations and locations like Kids Play, Cub Scouts, and elementary schools
The American Chestnut Foundation logo

The American Chestnut Foundation Strategic Science Plan 2023-2033

3BUR PROCESS

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) species-saving strategy is a powerful combination of traditional breeding, biotechnology, and biocontrol. The field of genomics and biotechnology has burgeoned in scope and affordability. Based on new insights into the complex inheritance of blight resistance, TACF has charted a new course for our restoration program. 

TACF continues to improve the disease tolerance in their traditional breeding program, while embracing innovations which can integrate the mechanisms of disease tolerance at the molecular level. Their approach follows multiple pathways to create a disease tolerant and genetically diverse population of American chestnut that will be adaptable to broad and changing climate.

3BUR:  Breeding, Biotechnology, and Biocontrol United for Restoration

  • Breeding Crossbreeding with Chinese Chestnut trees and further generational crossbreeding of the American Chestnut hybrids
  • Biotechnology Adding a gene from wheat called oxalate oxidase or OxO. The OxO enzyme breaks down oxalic acid, which is one of the primary “weapons” the blight fungus uses to kill the trees
  • Biocontrol Control the severity of chestnut blight cankers by infecting the chestnut blight fungus with viruses that reduce its virulence. The most promising blight solution to date

Project Location

The ideal location for this project is near the John Brown Historical site and boardwalk near the Five Points Art Center. This planting location keeps in mind the sun angle, soil type, and water drainage as confirmed by the CT Agriculture Testing Lab in Windsor, CT.

Planned location map for Chestnut Tree reintroduction project
Location for the American Chestnut Tree Reintroduction Project is an open field near John Brown Road.

Chestnut Tree Reintroduction Project Phases

PHASEEARLY QUOTES & ESTIMATES
1 - GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT TO THE PUBLIC
Advertising, Seminars, brochures, pamphlets, posters, signs, sign posts, printing, copying, layouts
$1,500
2 - FUND RAISING
Seek funding sources
3 - PREPARING THE PLANTING FIELD
Parking area prep, gravel lot, tractor cut and furrow, tractor rake, tractor fertilize, purchase wild flower seeds & hydroseed, purchase and plant perimeter oak and walnut trees on site water tanks for irrigation, permits
$15,000
4 - BUILD PURCHASE INSTALL STRUCTURES
20 bird houses with posts, 1 bat house, sign posts, property signs, benches, information signs
$6,000
5 - SUPPLIES
Garden tools, weed netting, plant ties, stakes, growing tubes, plot markers, deer netting, watering pails, fertilizer packs
$1,000
TOTAL PROJECT ESTIMATE$23,500

What You Can Do Now to Help!

Please help us make the Chestnut Tree Reintroduction Project a reality by creating a location where we all can contribute to nature and where our youth can learn, participate, observe, and enjoy nature for generations to come.
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