Restoration of the American Chestnut to Central Appalachian Forests
Description/achievement of initiative

Beginning in early 2013, Duke Energy commits to conduct carefully monitored field tests on transgenic American chestnut trees, to assess the viability and safety of reintroducing the species.

Implementation methodologies

By conducting field tests on transgenic trees, this commitment helps support Duke Energy's strategy to support forest health, increasingly viewed as a necessary strategy for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. The characteristics studies could also help fuel economic growth for the Central Appalachian region.

Duke Energy has long understood the value of forests to their business, and has participated in numerous forest restoration projects, as well as wetland restoration projects. this commitment will be funded by Duke Energy.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


The Forest Health Initiative
Progress reports
Conduct three-year, three-acre test plots

Basic information
Time-frame: - 2015
The Forest Health Initiative
Contact information
United Nations