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.

Chestnut Chat Series

Rethinking Scientific Presentations: The Assertion−Evidence Structure

Join us on March 15, 2024, from 11:30AM – 1:00PM (EPT), for the next LIVE Chestnut Chat. As chestnut enthusiasts, we often find ourselves sharing complex information with friends, family, and strangers. The good news is that you can make your science presentations more effective! In this episode, Penn State’s Michael Alley will speak about a better way; the assertion-evidence approach. In this approach, a speaker builds the talk on key messages supported by visual evidence. Michael’s research has found that assertion-evidence talks are more focused and much better understood by audiences. Join us to learn how to step up your science presentation game!

Michael Alley teaching
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Annual Seedling Sale

It’s almost here! TACF’s annual wild-type American chestnut seedling sale is happening Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 8AM.

The cost per bundle of 10 bare-root seedlings is $90 including shipping. (One bundle per customer.)

This is an extremely popular annual sale exclusively for current TACF members. Seedling quantities are limited and are for sale while supplies last. Seedlings sell out quickly every year.

Please note that your membership or renewal must be recieved by March 1 and remain current through March 19 to be eligible to participate in the seedling sale.

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Join the celebration!

The American Chestnut Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary! We invite you to join us at one of the many chapter festivities this year. Non-members are welcome to attend.

map of 40th anniversary celebrations for The American Chestnut Foundation

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.

Latest News

WV Chapter President Mark Double Retires

WV Chapter President Mark Double Retires

By WV Board Member Lewis CookOver a brisk weekend in early October, during the Annual West Virginia Chestnut Festival in Rowlesburg Mark Double, WV-TACF Chapter President, retired from his duties. Chapter Board member Lewis A. Cook shared these kind words about his...

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Have you ever seen a chestnut rowing down the river? Well, now's your chance, as Florian Carle, CT Chapter Secretary, spent last fall rowing in regattas all around the Northeast in a boat decorated with our friend Charlie Chestnut!

You can read Florian's story online in JL Athletics jlathletics.com/blogs/the-launch/two-passions-on-a-single-charlie-the-rowing-chestnut

If you're a member of TACF, you'll get to read a similar story and enjoy all of the incredible photos of this chestnut rowing triumph in the winter edition of our magazine.

Thanks, Florian!
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Have you ever seen a chestnut rowing down the river? Well, nows your chance, as Florian Carle, CT Chapter Secretary, spent last fall rowing in regattas all around the Northeast in a boat decorated with our friend Charlie Chestnut! 

You can read Florians story online in JL Athletics https://jlathletics.com/blogs/the-launch/two-passions-on-a-single-charlie-the-rowing-chestnut

If youre a member of TACF, youll get to read a similar story and enjoy all of the incredible photos of this chestnut rowing triumph in the winter edition of our magazine. 

Thanks, Florian!

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Boy oh boy, the algorithm is spot on for me today! My dad has long supported TACF, even taking my son on a road trip there to learn about blight. (Dad, MI- son, VA) It was quite an excursion for them but my dad thought it was very important for him to learn. I have just started rowing this past year (only indoor on an erg, I have yet to make it on the water). So your story married my family's interests. Great job on both your rowing adventures as well as promoting The American Chestnut Foundation . What a great story. And the boat looks sharp!!!

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Were pretty sure American chestnuts have some deep thoughts.

Welcome to TACF Pets! We'd like to introduce you to some fabulous animals whose humans happen to work for The American Chestnut Foundation (we're known for our excellent head scratches).

This is Jazmine, otherwise known as Jaz or Jazzy J, age 14. She lives with Jamie, TACF's Southern Regional Science Coordinator, and loves to accompany Jamie on her chestnut-related work trips. She's a frequent visitor to the TACF office in Asheville, where you can usually find her in Jamie's lap.

When Jamie isn't busy giving Jaz snuggles, she's directing and supporting chapter science programs, including activities such as pollination, harvest and seed collection, seed storage and distribution, planting site selection, directing
the planting and maintenance of chestnut trees, and inoculating and selecting trees.

Keep on the lookout for the other pets of TACF!
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Welcome to TACF Pets! Wed like to introduce you to some fabulous animals whose humans happen to work for The American Chestnut Foundation (were known for our excellent head scratches). 

This is Jazmine, otherwise known as Jaz or Jazzy J, age 14. She lives with Jamie, TACFs Southern Regional Science Coordinator, and loves to accompany Jamie on her chestnut-related work trips. Shes a frequent visitor to the TACF office in Asheville, where you can usually find her in Jamies lap. 

When Jamie isnt busy giving Jaz snuggles, shes directing and supporting chapter science programs, including activities such as pollination, harvest and seed collection, seed storage and distribution, planting site selection, directing
the planting and maintenance of chestnut trees, and inoculating and selecting trees.

Keep on the lookout for the other pets of TACF!Image attachmentImage attachment

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What I want to know is does Jazzy J like to eat chestnuts like my Bucky did

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is hiring! We're seeking a highly organized full-time Operations Specialist. The Operations Specialist is the face of TACF and is the first point of contact for all visitors to the national office in Asheville. They will balance a variety of responsibilities and must possess a high degree of flexibility, professional attitude, and initiative. The ideal candidate will understand a nonprofit environment and have a strong commitment to service.

Applications close at 12:00PM on March 22, 2024. Please visit the employment page for a complete job description and additional details. tacf.org/employment/
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The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is hiring! Were seeking a highly organized full-time Operations Specialist. The Operations Specialist is the face of TACF and is the first point of contact for all visitors to the national office in Asheville. They will balance a variety of responsibilities and must possess a high degree of flexibility, professional attitude, and initiative. The ideal candidate will understand a nonprofit environment and have a strong commitment to service.

Applications close at 12:00PM on March 22, 2024. Please visit the employment page for a complete job description and additional details. https://tacf.org/employment/

Who's up for a roadtrip? If you live in the New England region there are a couple great opportunities to connect with a state chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation this weekend!

The CT-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Hartford Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, CT Feb 22-25 (tacf.org/event/tacf-at-the-hartford-flower-and-garden-show/)

And the ME-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer, ME on Saturday, Feb 24 (tacf.org/event/cabin-fever-reliever/).

Find more events near you on the TACF Events Calendar! tacf.org/events
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Whos up for a roadtrip? If you live in the New England region there are a couple great opportunities to connect with a state chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation this weekend!

The CT-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Hartford Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, CT Feb 22-25 (https://tacf.org/event/tacf-at-the-hartford-flower-and-garden-show/)

And the ME-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer, ME on Saturday, Feb 24 (https://tacf.org/event/cabin-fever-reliever/). 

Find more events near you on the TACF Events Calendar! https://tacf.org/events
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Upcoming Events

12:00AM - 11:59PM

Seed Distribution The annual gift of our best hybrid American chestnut seeds will be mailed to Seed Level members on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Your membership donation must be received […]

9:30AM - 12:30PM

Join the Alabama Chapter for their annual Chapter Meeting!This event will include:   An annual business meeting Discussion about our current breeding program status, how we're moving forward with chestnut […]

12:00AM - 11:59PM