The remaining trees may have natural resistances to the blight and possibly holds the key to the future survival of this species as a whole. Also, through genetic engineering and selective cross breeding, perhaps we may one day see the America Chestnut, along with other native plant species restored to the northeast and other parts of the United States.
Ten years ago the Northeast Ecological Recovery Society planted some 20 American Chestnut trees on private land in the Adirondacks of New York. All of these trees were derived from seedlings from Minnesota, and have shown some resistance to the blight.
We hope that these trees will help in the restoration of this native tree for future generations to come.