Mission / Objectives

Our mission is to restore the American chestnut to the forests and woodlands of Connecticut. We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

The American chestnut tree was once the dominant tree in our forests. A century ago it was eradicated from our eastern landscape by a fungus. In Connecticut, many forests consisted of 25% to 40% American chestnut.


The American chestnut was a fast-growing, rot-resistant tree that was essential to the lumber and charcoal industry. It produced a reliable crop of nuts for wildlife and humans. The loss of the American chestnut left a huge gap in our forest ecosystem, and deprived humans of a nutritious source of food.

You can learn more about how we work toward accomplishing our mission throughout this website. Be sure to view our Strategic Plan for more details. This plan is developed by our Board of Directors and informs our work on a cyclical basis, from day to day and year to year. Our bylaws are also available for your review.