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

You can make a difference for American chestnut restoration.
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.

Support the 2024 Spring Appeal today.

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

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for the

TACF Annual Fall Meeting

October 23-27, 2024

in Cromwell, CT

Open to the public on Saturday, October 26

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

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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Georgia friends, join the GA Chapter of TACF for a screening of our documentary Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut.

This event takes places Thursday, May 30 at 7:00PM at the historic DeSoto Theatre in Rome, GA. Visit tacf.org/event/ga-rome-international-film-festivals-screening-of-clear-day-thunder/ for more details or to get free tickets to this screening.
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Georgia friends, join the GA Chapter of TACF for a screening of our documentary Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut. 

This event takes places Thursday, May 30 at 7:00PM at the historic DeSoto Theatre in Rome, GA. Visit https://tacf.org/event/ga-rome-international-film-festivals-screening-of-clear-day-thunder/ for more details or to get free tickets to this screening.

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Denny's are still hanging on, but Cassie has already dropped them. What could it be? Learn a bit of tree anatomy and discover a new trick to identify chestnut tree species in this week's Cassie & Denny.

And be sure to tune in next week when we explain the origin of the names Cassie & Denny!
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