Look at these young trees already producing burs at the Raystown orchard.
Welcome to the PA Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. Our mission is to restore the American Chestnut to the forests and woodlands of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic states. We are a registered 501 3(c) organization.
The American chestnut tree was once the dominant tree in our forests before it was erradicated from our landscape by a
fungus. In Pennsylvania, many forests consisted of 25% American chestnut.
The American chestnut was a fast-growing, rot-resistant tree that was essential to the lumber industry, and produced a
reliable crop of nuts for wildlife and humans. The loss of the American chestnut left a huge gap in our forest ecosystem.