Mission

Handfull of chestnuts

The goal of THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION is to restore the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. The American Chestnut Foundation is restoring a species - and in the process, creating a template for restoration of other tree and plant species. 

In 2005, we harvested our first potentially blight-resistant chestnuts. We are now in a phase of rigorous testing and trial, in both forest and orchard settings. It is our confident expectation that we will one day restore the chestnut to our eastern forests.  The return of the American chestnut to its former niche in the Appalachian hardwood forest ecosystem is a major restoration project that requires a multi-faceted effort involving 6,000 members & volunteers, research, sustained funding and most important, a sense of the past and a hope for the future.

History of The American Chestnut Foundation
The Backcross Method & Restoration of the American Chestnut Tree
Native Range Map

Restoring the American Chestnut
Breeding for Blight Resistance - Journal Special Edition