- Additional Plants: native plants, ornamentals
- Crop Production: forestry
- Education and Training: extension, on-farm/ranch research
- Farm Business Management: new enterprise development
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.