The American Chestnut Foundation


Mission Statement

The mission of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is to return the iconic American chestnut to its native range. Founded in 1983, TACF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization with a four-star quality rating by Charity Navigator.


The American chestnut once ruled our eastern forests for centuries, but a killer blight made up of microscopic spores needed only 50 years to wipe the giant from the face of North America. But we still have buildings made from it, and we still have people pulling for it. Our organization wants to bring it back from memory and make the chestnut stand tall again.
With your help, the Appalachia mountains may yet boast of groves of giant American chestnut trees, of forests festooned with chestnut flowers, of open fires licking at chestnuts.
Your support will ensure future generations will see chestnuts in their lifetime.

Program Details

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.
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Asheville, NC 28801
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