American chestnut at Sewanee

Sewanee's Forestry and Geology Department is partnering with the US Forest Service and the American Chestnut Foundation on research to restore American chestnut on the Domain and in the region. Faculty and students are evaluating natural growth strategies and how forest management affects chestnut survival and growth, and Professor Scott Torreano has published a paper based on work conducted in a managed stand just south of Lake O'Donnell.

Clark, S.L., C.J. Schweitzer, M.R. Saunders, E.P. Belair, S.J. Torreano, and S.E. Schlarbaum. 2014. The American chestnut and fire: six-year research results. In Proceedings of Wildland Fire in the Appalachians, Waldrop T. (ed.). USDA For. Serv. South. Res. Stat. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-GTR 199: 60-70.

Other recent plantings have occurred in thinned and burned sites across the Domain, as well as a 1000 plant progeny test at the end of Breakfield Road that was set up by Domain manager Nate Wilson.