The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) have been leading an unprecedented mission to restore the American chestnut tree to its native range. Researchers at ESF have developed Darling 58, a transgenic American chestnut tree with enhanced blight tolerance and have submitted a petition to the USDA’s office of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) to clear the way for restoration planting programs.
The public comment period, an important step in the USDA-APHIS review, is now open through October 19, 2020. Please submit a comment to help demonstrate your support for the Darling 58 so together we can save the beloved American chestnut tree. If approved by USDA-APHIS, Darling 58 can be planted for general use in restoration programs.
Visit TACF’s Public Comment Period webpage to review helpful resources prior to submitting your comment:
Check out the September 4th TACF Chestnut Chat on the Public Comment Period:
Submit your comments by either of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal:Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0030.
- Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2020-0030, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.