American Chestnut Cooperative Research and Restoration

Support American Chestnut Restoration by planting ACCF All-American Blight Resistant Chestnuts (non-GMO, no hybrid or foreign genes), Growing Trees and Reporting Their Progress. ACCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible.

Breeding Resistant All American Chesnuts

Step by Step Breeding for Blight Resistance

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Growing American Chestnuts

Become Involved by Growing ACCF Seednuts. Each Generation Produces a Higher Percentage of Blight Resistant Trees

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Report Your Progress

Report Your Trees Progress by Emailing Annual Grower Reports Using our Reporting Template. Read ACCF Newsletters to Compare Notes

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American Chestnut-The Farmers Friend

In the first 40 years of the 20th century, blight destroyed 3.5 billion American chestnut trees. What had been the most important tree in our Eastern forest was reduced to insignificance. No comparable devastation of a species exists in recorded history,

ACCF Board of Directors

Lucille Griffin, Executive Director, Other ACCF Directors Gary Griffin, President, Plant Pathology Virginia Tech, Ed Greenwell, Vice President & Director of Breeding, Electrical Engineer, New Johnsonville, TN, Phillip N. Martin, Treasurer, CPA, Christiansburg, VA, Joyce G. Foster, Director, Research Biochemist, Beaver, WV. Dave McCurdy, Director & Nursery Superintendent Emeritus, Raleigh, NC Loren Hostetter, Director, Principle Investigator International Agriculture Development Specialist

Lucille and Gary Griffin and John Rush Elkins
ACCF Directors

American Chestnut Site Visit

Lucille Griffin and Ed Greenwell
ACCF Directors

Lucille and Ed Planting Nutgrafts

"It is not beyond the grasp of science to restore the American chestnut to economic importance. It could be accomplished within the next 50 years."

-- Prof. Gary Griffin, Virginia Tech

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