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.

2024 Spring Appeal:
Bridging Science and Nature

Your donation will be used to upgrade the molecular lab at Meadowview Research Farms and fund our best x best breeding program so we can more effectively develop blight-resistant American chestnut trees for restoration.

Donate today to our Spring Appeal and get an instant pass* to stream the award-winning documentary film CLEAR DAY THUNDER: Rescuing the American Chestnut.

Hurry! This offer ends Tuesday, June 25th!

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*After donating, you’ll receive an email with access instructions.

2024 American Chestnut Photo Contest

The winner will receive a one-year membership to TACF and the winning photo will be published on a future cover of Chestnut magazine. We look forward to oohing and ahhing over your photos!

Chipmunk with American chestnut. Photo by Michelle Casson

Photo by Michelle Casson, 2020 Photo Contest

SAVE THE DATE

for the

2024 American Chestnut Symposium

October 24-26, 2024

in Cromwell, CT

Open to the public on Saturday, October 26

Open Call for Posters and Student Flash Talks

Calling all students! Present your research with a poster or flash talk at the 2024 American Chestnut Symposium! The poster session highlights research topics dedicated to species restoration, with a focus on American chestnut projects. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three posters and special student registration rates are available. The poster session will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2024. For more information, read the Request for Proposals.

To have a poster considered for inclusion, submit an abstract by August 30, 2024, to: ROCS@tacf.org. Please follow the abstract format guidelines here.

 

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 American 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.

Support Our Research

How to identify an American chestnut tree

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

Support The Restoration

How to receive seeds & seedlings

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

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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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Have you been wondering if you can get seeds or seedlings shipped to you? This chart will tell you!

The chance to receive seeds or seedlings from TACF's national office has passed for 2024, but if you'd like the chance to get some in 2025, visit tacf.org/american-chestnut-seeds-and-seedlings/ for more details.

Keep in mind, If you join your state chapter then you may be able to get seeds or seedlings at other times of the year, so go volunteer and see what your chapter has to offer!
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Have you been wondering if you can get seeds or seedlings shipped to you? This chart will tell you! 

The chance to receive seeds or seedlings from TACFs national office has passed for 2024, but if youd like the chance to get some in 2025, visit https://tacf.org/american-chestnut-seeds-and-seedlings/ for more details.
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Keep in mind, If you join your state chapter then you may be able to get seeds or seedlings at other times of the year, so go volunteer and see what your chapter has to offer!

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What about canada

Is there a reason the west coast does qualify? The chat doesn’t say why.

It looks the original native range in Canada may only have been around London/niagara.

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Ready for a downer? It's time to talk about blight.

The American chestnut used to be one of the dominant trees in the eastern forests, until a non-native fungus was introduced from Asia in the late 1800's and wiped them out. Today there are almost no mature American chestnut trees left.

But the question is, do our American chestnut friends Cassie & Denny have blight? Let's find out.
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That's not a bummer if she got knocked back due to other natural causes! That's actually great news if neither is showing blight!!

Love the optimism!

Lola came to Jules's family as a wee puppy about 10 Christmases ago from Brother Wolf, a rescue mission in Asheville. She was delivered to her then 7-year-old daughter, and Jules will never forget the look on her daughter's face when Lola popped her head out from where she was hidden in a small tote bag.

Though originally from eastern Tennessee, Jules, the director of communications at TACF, moved to Asheville in 2010 from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the Communications Associate at Episcopal Divinity School. Prior to accepting the job at TACF, she was the Webmaster and Communications Specialist at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Before switching career paths, Jules worked as a videographer and editor in the television news industry.
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Lola came to Juless family as a wee puppy about 10 Christmases ago from Brother Wolf, a rescue mission in Asheville. She was delivered to her then 7-year-old daughter, and Jules will never forget the look on her daughters face when Lola popped her head out from where she was hidden in a small tote bag.

Though originally from eastern Tennessee, Jules, the director of communications at TACF, moved to Asheville in 2010 from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the Communications Associate at Episcopal Divinity School. Prior to accepting the job at TACF, she was the Webmaster and Communications Specialist at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Before switching career paths, Jules worked as a videographer and editor in the television news industry.Image attachment

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Love this post. Jules is a very special person!

It's here!! Now you don't have to wait for a public showing near you, you can watch it from the comfort of your home instead.
To watch go to www.cleardaythunder.film/ , pay the $10.00 fee, roast up some chestnuts, and enjoy!
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Its here!! Now you dont have to wait for a public showing near you, you can watch it from the comfort of your home instead. 
To watch go to https://www.cleardaythunder.film/ , pay the $10.00 fee, roast up some chestnuts, and enjoy!

On Friday, June 7th, tree experts from Montgomery County Parks helped the Maryland Chapter obtain pollen from an unusually tall timber-type Chinese chestnut growing along the Rock Creek hiking trail near Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase. The tree, standing 75-80 feet tall, competes with native trees and flowers in the canopy. The Maryland Chapter hopes to use this pollen on American chestnuts in their orchards, which should result in Chinese-American hybrids with significant resistance to chestnut blight and phytophthora root rot, but without the short branch growth habit typical of Chinese chestnuts. We are grateful to Montgomery County Parks for their help and impressive climbing skills. We hope to continue working together to generate useful breeding material from this remarkable tree. ... See MoreSee Less

On Friday, June 7th, tree experts from Montgomery County Parks helped the Maryland Chapter obtain pollen from an unusually tall timber-type Chinese chestnut growing along the Rock Creek hiking trail near Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase. The tree, standing 75-80 feet tall, competes with native trees and flowers in the canopy. The Maryland Chapter hopes to use this pollen on American chestnuts in their orchards, which should result in Chinese-American hybrids with significant resistance to chestnut blight and phytophthora root rot, but without the short branch growth habit typical of Chinese chestnuts. We are grateful to Montgomery County Parks for their help and impressive climbing skills. We hope to continue working together to generate useful breeding material from this remarkable tree.Image attachmentImage attachment+6Image attachment

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The best way is to get involved with the Tennessee Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation!

Thank you for your efforts!

Where can I get chestnut trees to add to my woodlands located in NE Tennessee?

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In order to select the most resistant chestnut trees in our Backcross Orchards, we test the trees by inoculating them with two strains of blight fungus.  We will be inoculating […]

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