In FY2009, SRS and partners took a major step toward restoring the American chestnut to Eastern forests. Forest Service partners include the Southern Research Station , the Southern Region of the National Forest System (NFS), and Forest Health and Protection (FHP). Additional partners include the University of Tennessee, the American Chestnut Foundation, and the Tennessee Division of Forestry. Hundreds of blight-resistant American chestnut trees planted last winter in three national forests in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are thriving. SRS is monitoring the growth of the American chestnuts. In 2010, partners will test plant 500 more blight-resistant chestnuts in the three national forests.