The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. J. Hill Craddock

Craddock Featured in Turner South American Chestnut Program

A UTC scientist who has invested years of research into reestablishing the American Chestnut tree has been interviewed for an episode of The Natural South entitled “The Story of the American Chestnut” on Turner South. Dr. J. Hill Craddock of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences serves as coordinator of the Chattanooga Chestnut Tree Project.

Although the central Appalachians were once covered with the trees, in 1904, an invasive Asian fungus severely diminished the flowering forests of American Chestnuts. Craddock’s work is part of a national effort to produce a blight-free version of the original.

“The Chestnut Tree Program is growing and expanding. The Tennessee Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation network runs from Johnson City to Memphis, and Kentucky to North Carolina,” Craddock said. “Hundreds of new plantings will go in this spring locally. We are also getting a lot of cooperation from enthusiasts at Volunteer State Community College in Middle Tennessee.”

You have several opportunities to learn more about Craddock’s work with the American Chestnut. Tune in to view Episode# 301, released in 2004, TV Rating: TV-G
A Turner South Original Production:
Mar 06, 2004, 10:00 AM/ET
Mar 07, 2004, 08:00 AM/ET
Mar 11, 2004, 07:30 PM/ET