An Introduction to the American Chestnut

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A new self-guided course is being offered through the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Stacy Clark, research forester with the USDA Forest Service and adjunct assistant professor, created the course titled An Introduction to the American Chestnut. The one-hour course is free, but registration is required.

Course participants will be introduced to basic ecology and silvics, historical significance, and the demise of the American chestnut; a tree species that once occupied 200 million acres in the eastern United States. The course contains a glossary and links to dendrology tables, external webpages, and published scientific papers. This course qualifies for one continuing forestry education (CFE) credit with the Society of American Foresters, and a certificate will be granted to participants upon completion.

More information can be found at the USDA Southern Research Station’s courses webpage, or contact Stacy Clark (, 865-318-8391) for registration instructions.



Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli