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The MA/RI Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the restoration of the American chestnut in our states. We support and work in coordination with The American Chestnut Foundation, other state chapters, and our much-appreciated volunteers and cooperating organizations.

Our orchards are primarily composed of hybrid American chestnuts that incorporate varying amounts of Chinese chestnut blight resistance, and we are always interested in new volunteers and technologies to further these and related goals. Our Annual Meetings usually have a Chestnut Potluck with delicious food; we like to have fun and we work hard. We wish to welcome all interested in this work restoring this beautiful keystone species.

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Save the date - TACF's Annual Chestnut Symposium will be in our neck of the woods this fall! Hope to see you all there!SAVE THE DATE! The 2024 Chestnut Symposium is quickly approaching. This year's symposium will be held in beautiful Cromwell, CT, over the last weekend in October. The public is welcome to attend this event on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 for various educational events.
More information will be forth-coming for this event, including a list of speakers and hotel registration information.

We will hold a poster competition for student poster presenters at this event and offer a cash prize for the best poster, as well as for the first and second runners-up. Visit this link for more information:
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Save the date - TACFs Annual Chestnut Symposium will be in our neck of the woods this fall! Hope to see you all there!

Please join us in welcoming Sarah Heavren, the new Scientists in Parks Intern at Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

Sarah hails from Western Massachusetts. She moved to Rhode Island to earn her master's in environmental science and management from the University of Rhode Island. This summer, Sarah will be collecting data at the park to be used for climate change adaptation planning along the riverfront. At the end of her internship, Sarah will be joining the Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network with the National Park Service.
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