The goal of the Chattanooga Chestnut Tree Project is the restoration of the American chestnut to the Southern Appalachian and Cumberland Plateau Regions. The return of the chestnut to its place in the forest canopy requires a two-part plan of action: research on biological control of the chestnut blight disease and breeding the trees for disease resistance. A secondary goal of the Project is to provide support for the establishment of a commercial chestnut industry (for nut production) based on improved cultivars
The Chattanooga Chestnut Tree Project is supported in part by The Summerfield Johnston Endowment for the Restoration of the American Chestnut and by the Robert M. Davenport Professorship of Biology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and by grants from the Bettie J. Smith Family Limited Partnership (2002-2004), the Chestnut Project at Dollywood (2000-2004), and by the Bridgestone-Firestone Heritage Forest Grant (2001).
Craddock, J.H., Alexander, M.T., Alexander, S.H., Bramblett, J.L., and Worthen, L.M. (2004). Chestnut Cultivar Evaluations In Tennessee: Orchard Establishment And Early Germplasm Characterization. Acta Horticulturae (in press).
Alexander, M.T., Worthen, L.M., and Craddock, J.H. (2004). Conservation of Castanea dentata Germplasm of the Southeastern United States. Acta Horticulturae (in press).
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Craddock, J.H. and DeGuzman, J. (2000). The fleshy fungi of the Lula Lake Land Trust (abstract). ASB Bulletin 47 (2): 186-187.
Wiese, E. and Craddock, J.H. (2000). Survey of surviving American chestnut (Castanea dentata) along the Appalachian Trail (abstract). ASB Bulletin 47 (2): 126.