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.

Now Streaming

CLEAR DAY THUNDER: Rescuing the American Chestnut is now available for public viewing! For just $10, you will receive unlimited views and the ability to watch on multiple devices and to download.

All proceeds support the film’s production costs and The American Chestnut Foundation’s mission to return the iconic American chestnut to its native range.

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SAVE THE DATE

for the

2024 American Chestnut Symposium

October 24-26, 2024

in Cromwell, CT

Open to the public on Saturday, October 26

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!
Submissions are due by September 1, 2024.

Chipmunk with American chestnut. Photo by Michelle Casson

Photo by Michelle Casson, 2020 Photo Contest

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.

Latest News

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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Press Release: TACF Supports Ohio’s New Seedling Nursery

Press Release: TACF Supports Ohio’s New Seedling Nursery

The American Chestnut Foundation Supports Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources Program and Ohio’s New Seedling Nursery Asheville, NC, February 29, 2024 The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) celebrates the work of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources...

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Join us for Chestnut Chat's 50th Episode Spectacular next Friday, July 19th at 11:30AM ET.

Click the link to learn more about or sign up for this webinar. tacf.org/event/chestnut-chat-50th-episode-spectacular/
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Join us for Chestnut Chats 50th Episode Spectacular next Friday, July 19th at 11:30AM ET. 

Click the link to learn more about or sign up for this webinar. https://tacf.org/event/chestnut-chat-50th-episode-spectacular/

Meet our summer 2024 interns!

Kylie is interning in New England, read all about here!
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Meet our summer 2024 interns! 

Kylie is interning in New England, read all about here!

Are you looking for funding to support your American chestnut research? External grants offer recipients a variety of benefits such as professional development and an expanded network. Grant activities contribute to the continuous renewal and development of faculty and staff, to the education and motivation of students, and achievement of our mutual interest — restoration of the American chestnut. This is a small grants program. TACF does not ordinarily fund projects in excess of $10,000. Visit the link to learn more or submit your proposal. tacf.org/external-grants/ ... See MoreSee Less

Are you looking for funding to support your American chestnut research? External grants offer recipients a variety of benefits such as professional development and an expanded network. Grant activities contribute to the continuous renewal and development of faculty and staff, to the education and motivation of students, and achievement of our mutual interest — restoration of the American chestnut. This is a small grants program. TACF does not ordinarily fund projects in excess of $10,000. Visit the link to learn more or submit your proposal. https://tacf.org/external-grants/

Are you ready for this week's Meadowview Research Farms takeover? Let's see if you find the FUNgicide as fun as they do!
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Last week, Meadowview Research Farms proceeded with an ongoing experiment involving the application of different fungicides to chestnut trees. The research focuses on determining the efficacy of available fungicides for American chestnut trees in fighting blight. Based on resources available from Michigan State University for commercial chestnut orchard management, we are comparing a variety of products and evaluating their impacts over several seasons. Different applications include Basal Bark, Foliar Spraying, and Soil Drip. Remember to always check the EPA labels of any fungicide you use for proper personal protective equipment and procedures.
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Are you ready for this weeks Meadowview Research Farms takeover? Lets see if you find the FUNgicide as fun as they do!
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Last week, Meadowview Research Farms proceeded with an ongoing experiment involving the application of different fungicides to chestnut trees. The research focuses on determining the efficacy of available fungicides for American chestnut trees in fighting blight. Based on resources available from Michigan State University for commercial chestnut orchard management, we are comparing a variety of products and evaluating their impacts over several seasons. Different applications include Basal Bark, Foliar Spraying, and Soil Drip. Remember to always check the EPA labels of any fungicide you use for proper personal protective equipment and procedures. 
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11:30AM - 1:00PM

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.Inspiring Next Gen Conservationists Dancing chestnuts, fireworks, Hollywood celebrities, […]

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All are welcome! July 20, 2024 10am-2pm Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773 (HYBRID) Please send agenda items to Kathy.