Dr. J. Hill Craddock manages the Chattanooga Chestnut Tree Project. Dr. Craddock, Davenport Associate Professor of Biology at UT-Chattanooga, conducted the June, 2001, Tennessee pollination workshop, and provides training at the UT-C facility on chestnut tree breeding and management. You can access a lot of information about chestnut through his J. Hill Craddock's Chestnut Links. Support for the work at UT-C can provide the Tennessee chapter excellent resources for learning the technical aspects of chestnut breeding, and for building interest and membership.
Joe Schibig, Professor of Biology at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, is a forest ecologist who has put together a wonderful webpage about surviving chestnut trees in Middle Tennessee and South Central Kentucky.. His site is entitled Resurrecting the American Chestnut.
Ed Greenwell of Cookeville, Tennessee, acts as coordinator for the American Chestnut Cooperators' Foundation, a group that is intercrossing large American chestnut survivors to try to build up resistance within the species. Ed's site about chestnuts in Tennessee is entitled A Tennessean's Version of An American Chestnut Page
Several other state chapters have excellent websites. For a full list, visit TACF's State Chapter's webpage.
Ashe_Chestnut_in_TN.pdf - Excellent historical snapshot of the species before the blight blew into the state.