The American Chestnut Foundation
The mission of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is to return the iconic American chestnut tree (Castanea dentata) to its native range.
TACF was founded in 1983 by a group of prominent plant scientists and lay persons who recognized the severe impact that the loss of the American chestnut tree had on the local economy of Appalachian communities, and on the ecology of forests within the tree’s native range. TACF's work combines the efforts of professional staff, partners, and thousands of volunteers in its 16 state chapters.
The history of TACF chronicles the ongoing pursuit of a fundamental goal: to develop a blight-resistant American chestnut tree through breeding and scientific research that will survive and thrive in its native eastern U.S. forests.
Our vision is a robust eastern forest restored to its splendor.