Restoring the American chestnut: TACF's primary goal is to restore the American chestnut to its native range. TACF has been conducting a scientific program for the past 34 years to develop a blight-resistant American chestnut. Following the 3BUR model – Breeding, Biotechnology, and Biocontrol United for Restoration –TACF and partners are now in a time intensive phase of rigorous testing and trial, in both forest and orchard settings.
Reforestation of Mine Lands: TACF has planted chestnuts on reclaimed mined lands throughout Appalachia including 1,692 acres in eight states with the help of partner Green Forests Work. TACF is currently a partner with the American Bird Conservancy that aims to improve and restore forest habitat for Cerulean Warblers.
Data Management and Citizen Science Engagement: Data is changing the face of our world. DentataBase, TACF’s custom, online tree database, allows TACF access to data of 300,000 planted trees at the click of a button, increasing our efficiency. This resource allows staff, citizen scientists, natural resource professionals, and even the public to store, share, and track data on American chestnut plantings.
Educational Programs: TACF has developed educational materials to teach people of all ages about the American chestnut and the importance of healthy forests. Every summer, TACF hires interns to enrich a young person’s future career prospects while serving a greater cause. TACF has a small grants program that provides seed money for preliminary research. This program often funds student research and has recruited fresh talent to our long range restoration effort.