Resources and Links

Important Links

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

Leaf Identification Instructions

Chapter Newsletter and Fact Sheets


What Can You Tell Us About Dunstan Chestnut? Sara Fern Fitzsimmons and Dr. Bill Lord, Chestnut: The Journal of The American Chestnut Foundation: Issue : Vol. , pages 21-23

2018 Winter Chestnut_NE-1333 Meeting Kendra Collins, Chestnut: The Journal of The American Chestnut Foundation (Winter 2018) Issue 1: Vol. 33, pages 8-9.

Rescue of American chestnut with extra specific 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)
Chapter Event contact form (For outreach events: tracking attendees)
Volunteer Sign In (For project leaders: tracking volunteer contributions)
TACF_Membership Brochure

More Fact Sheets

Chapter Newsletter and Fact Sheets
Chestnut Blight Progression:Pennsylvania (Map)
Chestnuts and Wildlife(pdf)

CMS Generation Chart (pdf)
Outlines steps for the cytoplasmic male sterility chestnut program
Controlled Pollination(pdf)
Growing Chestnuts(pdf)

PA Quick Facts (pdf)

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.

Chestnuts and Wildlife, artwork by J. Exley (Artwork)
Chestnut Coloring Book by Doris Goldman (pdf) Hand-drawn sheets tell the American chestnut story

Affiliated Organizations

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”

Chapter Partners

PA-TACF Cooperators List(pdf) A list of more than 75 organizations!

Chestnut Grove Foundation

Lancaster County Conservancy

Penn State School of Forest Resources

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The Arboretum at Penn State

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.