WSSC and the American Chestnut

WSSC was among the leaders in supporting the breeding program of the Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation.

Several large native American chestnut trees grow wild in forested areas on WSSC property.  Pollen from these trees has been used in the Maryland Chapter’s breeding program.

WSSC hosts three chestnut tree orchards:

  1. a backcross breeding orchard,
  2. a germplasm preservation orchard and
  3. Maryland’s first seed orchard to produce seeds for potentially blight-resistant American chestnut trees, called "Restoration Chestnuts."

WSSC plants Restoration Chestnuts for educational purposes and for helping to restore this magnificent tree to its former place in the Patuxent watershed!


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