Rescuing the

American Chestnut

Our mission is to return the iconic American chestnut to its native range.

Our vision is a robust eastern forest returned to its splendor.

Bridging Science and Nature

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Please help us reach our goal of upgrading the molecular lab at Meadowview Research Farms and funding our best x best breeding program with advanced genomic selection.

Chestnut Chat Series

It’s the 50th Episode Spectacular!

Join us on Friday, July 19, 2024, from 11:30AM – 1:00PM (EPT), for the next LIVE Chestnut Chat.

Dancing chestnuts, fireworks, Hollywood celebrities, free beer, and a special musical performance by a hologram of Nat King Cole! OK, maybe none of those things, but it will be full of fun and surprises. Look back at 50 episodes of all things chestnut and look forward to the future of chestnut restoration!

Chestnut Chat 50th Episode Spectacular

Science Strategies

Breeding, Biotechnology, and Biocontrol
United for Restoration

The American Chestnut Foundation takes a holistic approach toward chestnut restoration, utilizing a three-pronged research strategy known as 3BUR (Breeding, Biotechnology, and Biocontrol United for Restoration). These research tracks are meant to be integrated through collaborations that are mutually beneficial, so we can explore all avenues to reach the common goal of saving and restoring this species as quickly as possible.

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How to identify an American chestnut tree

Learn how to identify American chestnuts and send us a sample for identification.

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How to receive seeds & seedlings

Learn how to get American chestnut seeds and seedlings from TACF.

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2024 Photo Contest

2024 Photo Contest

View from above of American chestnut catkins, by Florian Carle 2024 American Chestnut Photo Contest  Lace up your hiking boots and keep your phone or camera handy, because it’s time for this year’s American Chestnut Photo Contest. We want to see your colorful,...

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Join us TODAY for the next LIVE Chestnut Chat! Dr Fred Paillet from the University of Arkansas will discuss a fascinating mystery in the distribution of the European chestnut: was it native to Western Europe or brought in by the Romans? If it was native, how did it survive glacial advances? Join Fred as he recounts his firsthand experience with the European chestnut tree in the Caucasus Mountains and Mount Etna, and how it has been impacted by the arrival of chestnut blight on the European continent.

Here's a link to sign up: tacf.org/event/chestnut-chat-european-chestnuts-before-and-after-blight/
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Join us TODAY for the next LIVE Chestnut Chat! Dr Fred Paillet from the University of Arkansas will discuss a fascinating mystery in the distribution of the European chestnut: was it native to Western Europe or brought in by the Romans? If it was native, how did it survive glacial advances? Join Fred as he recounts his firsthand experience with the European chestnut tree in the Caucasus Mountains and Mount Etna, and how it has been impacted by the arrival of chestnut blight on the European continent.

Heres a link to sign up: https://tacf.org/event/chestnut-chat-european-chestnuts-before-and-after-blight/

It's National Love a Tree day, so we're kicking off our #HugAChestnut campaign. If you're out and about and come across an American chestnut, share your love of this iconic tree by hugging it and having someone snap a photo of the momentous event, then post it and tag us so we can share your photo! These lovely photos came from NC/SC Chapter member Jon Taylor. Thanks, Jon! ... See MoreSee Less

Its National Love a Tree day, so were kicking off our #HugAChestnut campaign. If youre out and about and come across an American chestnut, share your love of this iconic tree by hugging it and having someone snap a photo of the momentous event, then post it and tag us so we can share your photo! These lovely photos came from NC/SC Chapter member Jon Taylor. Thanks, Jon!

Spring is the perfect time to get together with a few buds, drink a few Buds, and talk about budding relationships. Ugh, make it stop. Anyhoo, here is what's happening with our two friends Cassie & Denny the American chestnut trees. Glad I nipped that in the bud. ... See MoreSee Less

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The 2024 American Chestnut Photo Contest is now open! We want to see your colorful, creative, or unique photos of American chestnut or American chestnut hybrids. Visit tacf.org/2024-photo-contest/ for complete rules and how to enter.

Photos: Clockwise from top left. 2021 Winner Jacob Pease, 2018 Winner Laurence Grossman, 2024 winner Lily Zeporah.
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The 2024 American Chestnut Photo Contest is now open! We want to see your colorful, creative, or unique photos of American chestnut or American chestnut hybrids. Visit https://tacf.org/2024-photo-contest/ for complete rules and how to enter. 

Photos: Clockwise from top left. 2021 Winner Jacob Pease, 2018 Winner Laurence Grossman, 2024 winner Lily Zeporah.
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Upcoming Events

11:30AM - 1:00PM

European Chestnut: Impressions of Natural Stands Before and After BlightJoin us on May 17, 2024, from 11:30AM – 1:00PM (EPT), for the next LIVE Chestnut Chat.A stand of old-growth European […]

1:00PM - 4:00PM

Wilton Land Conservation Trust Orchard at 183 Ridgefield Rd., Wilton CT (Rain date - June 2nd, same time) Please bring work gloves and water.  Possibility of exposure to Poison Ivy […]

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The American Chestnut tree was almost extinct. Blight had all but eradicated this native tree until dedicated scientists, volunteers, and some insightful celebrities like Dolly Parton, President Jimmy Carter and […]