Restoring the American Chestnut Tree

Date(s) - Saturday, Sep 10, 2022
12:30 pm

Pfeiffer Nature Center, Lillibridge Preserve


A talk on “Restoring the American Chestnut Tree” will be held at 12:30 pm Saturday, Sept., 10 inside the historic American chestnut cabin at the Pfeiffer Nature Center, 1974 Lillibridge road, Portville.

The program is free and open to the public.

The American chestnut, which was once a dominant tree throughout its native range, is now functionally extinct due to the chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica). Through the efforts of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and The American Chestnut Foundation, plans are being made to restore this magnificent tree back into the forest. The American chestnut has been intensively researched at SUNY-ESF for decades, producing new techniques and discoveries that have expanded our understanding of the species. Through the development of tissue culture and genetic transformation, a blight tolerant American chestnut line ‘Darling 58’ was developed, allowing it and its offspring to be used for restoration.

Join Jeffrey Zarnowski, Greenhouse and Orchard manager for The Chestnut Project as he shares the history and future of the American Chestnut.

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.  To register, e-mail or contact the office at 716-933-0187.