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TACF will provide high-reolution (usually 300 dpi jpg) for use in publications and other media.

To request images, please complete a permission form and return to:
Ruth Goodridge, Director of Communications
TACF Headquarters
50 North Merrimon Avenue, Suite 115
Asheville, NC 28804
PH: 828-281-0047 / FAX: 828-253-5373 /

Unless otherwise noted, images are courtesy of The American Chestnut Foundation.

Amherst VA Chestnut Tree
Amherst, VA chestnut tree
American chestnuts growing in an open field grew out rather than up, as did chestnuts in the forest. This tree is in full bloom.
Cryphonectria parasitica, otherwise known as chestnut blight, appears as an orange canker on young trees. The blight will eventually girdle the tree at its base and kill it.

Burs in Hands
The prickly bur of the American chestnut is hard on the hands. Here, several burs balance precariously.
Burs in Hands
American chestnuts are housed in the velvety lining of a prickly bur, generally three nuts to each bur. Here, one has already fallen to the ground.

Broad Tree
American chestnuts growing in an open field grew out rather than up, as did chestnuts in the forest. This tree is in full bloom.

A healthy American chestnut today. Most healthy American chestnuts are found on the edge or outside of the American chestnut’s original range, where blight is not prevalent. Tall straight trees like this one can still be found at the West Salem stand in Wisconsin. However, the stand recently became infected with blight and these majestic trees will soon also succumb to the deadly pathogen

Meadowview Research Farms
The American Chestnut Foundation conducts the bulk of its breeding research in Meadowview, VA. There, over six generations and thousands of trees, TACF will develop a blight-resistant tree. Thirteen chapters from Maine to Alabama work on finding surviving trees and establishing chestnut tree nurseries to develop blight resistant American chestnut adapted to the various ecological areas throughout the East.

Bagged Flowers
Chestnut flowers are bagged after being hand pollinated to ensure a controlled pollination.

Female flower
Female flower of the American chestnut.

Male Flower
Male flower of the American chestnut. American chestnut was once an important and reliable food source for wildlife because it flowers in late June, well after the threat of frost, unlike other nut producing trees that bloom in the spring. Nuts produced from the tree were a favorite among wildlife because of its high sugar content and nutritional value.

Train & Trunk
American chestnut was one of the leading hardwoods at the beginning of the 20th century. It was lightweight, easy to work and as rot-resistant as redwood and used for timber, furniture-making, railroad ties, telephone poles, shingles, fences and more.
Photo courtesy of United States Forest Service- Asheville.

Chestnut Varieties
The American chestnut is smaller than Asian and European varieties.

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