The American Chestnut Foundation
Our parent organization
The Chestnut Growers Website
Penn State University
Information on growing chestnuts, TACF and chapters, meetings, reports, articles, and newsletters
Rescue of American chestnut with extraspecific genes following its destruction by a naturalized pathogen Steiner, K.C., Westbrook, J.W., Hebard, F.V. et al. New Forests (2017) 48: 317. doi:10.1007/s11056-016-9561-5
Harvesting, Handling & Storing Chestnuts (pdf) Armstrong, Dave Journal of The American Chestnut Foundation (2010) November page 11
Outreach Volunteer Resources
PA/NJ Chapter Outreach Presentation (Introduction to the American chestnut — pdf version)
PA.TACF.Event contact form (For outreach events: tracking attendees)
Volunteer Sign In (For project leaders: tracking volunteer contributions)
More Fact Sheets
My Ash Trees are Dying 2016 Handout from Northern Tier Hardwood Association and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Hardwoods Development Council
For Young People
PA_TACF Middle School Curriculum This curriculum introduces students to the story of the American chestnut tree with emphasis on Pennsylvania, the tree’s demise in the early 20th century, and how humans are trying to bring back the “Mighty Giant” to the eastern forests of the United States. Recommended for grades 6-8.
The American Chestnut Cooperators Foundation
“A nonprofit scientific and educational foundation dedicated to restoring the American Chestnut Tree to its former place in our Eastern hardwood forests”
Connecticut Agricultural Research Station
Its mission is “to develop, advance, and disseminate scientific knowledge, improve agricultural productivity and environmental quality, protect plants, and enhance human health and well-being through research for the benefit of Connecticut residents and the nation”
PA-TACF Cooperators List(pdf) A list of more than 75 organizations!
Resources for purchasing chestnuts
At this time, we do not sell or distribute American chestnut seeds or seedlings to the public. We distribute the pure native seeds to members at our Spring Growers Meeting. The National organization distributes advanced seeds as part of their Sponsor Level Membership program.
Check with the PA Nut Growers to learn about other possible sources of nuts. They are a non-profit educational organization to encourage the planting and propagation of edible nut trees.
Empire Chestnut Company
Chestnut orchard selling seeds, seedlings, nuts, and flour.