Using three-quarter American chestnut hybrids for timber, wildlife, and nut production

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $5,234.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:
Don W. Kines
Mountain State Chestnuts

Annual Reports


  • Additional Plants: native plants, ornamentals


  • Crop Production: forestry
  • Education and Training: extension, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development

    Proposal summary:

    Before chestnut blight came to this country, the American chestnut tree was the most dominant and fastest-growing tree in the Appalachian mountains. This project will investigate the possibility of breeding American chestnut hybrids that can be used by Northeast farmers as a replacement for the American chestnut tree. Asian-American chestnut hybrids will be crossed with partially blight-resistant American chestnuts. Seedlings resulting from those crosses will be evaluated for establishment and performance in a forest and in a nursery. Outreach will be through articles, a web site, and a publication on chestnut production.

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