Maryland Chapter

About Us

Our Mission

The Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation has been formed to support the efforts of the national organization to restore the American chestnut tree, to identify and preserve American chestnut survivors in Maryland, and to promote educational and scientific research efforts directed at restoring American chestnuts in Maryland.

TACF members in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia comprise the Maryland Chapter.

Maryland Chapter Activities

The backcross breeding program of the Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (MDTACF) is carried out in twenty-two orchards throughout the state of Maryland. These orchards advance the efforts of The American Chestnut Foundation to restore the American chestnut tree to its former range throughout the Appalachian region, enhancing the genetic diversity of the backcross breeding efforts with mother trees adapted to the variety of growing conditions within the state of Maryland. Maryland orchards also create opportunities for learning activities and research related to American chestnut restoration. The Maryland Chapter initiates and supports hands-on learning activities in areas of inquiry relevant to American chestnut restoration.

MDTACF is tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code.

Useful Links

Maryland Chapter Constitution

Chapter Bylaws

Chapter Officers and Board of Directors

Technical Master Plan (2007)

Maryland Chapter Orchard Page

Become A Member!

How Can I Help?

The best way to learn of our activities and of the volunteer opportunities is to join our Google mail list.

To volunteer or to obtain more information concerning orchard maintenance activities or Chapter display events please contact us at MDTACF@outlook.com or subscribe to our Orchard Volunteers Google Group.

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An example of how the volunteer chapters work and collaborate to use their orchards and resources toward the mission of creating blight resistant chestnuts.

In 2005, we harvested our first potentially blight-resistant chestnuts. We continue this rigorous testing and trials in the forest, orchard, and research labs. The return of the American chestnut to its former native range in the Appalachian hardwood forest ecosystem is a major restoration project that requires a multi-faceted effort involving members and volunteers, scientific research, sustained funding, and most importantly, a sense of the past and a hope for the future.
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An example of how the volunteer chapters work and collaborate to use their orchards and resources toward the mission of creating blight resistant chestnuts. 

In 2005, we harvested our first potentially blight-resistant chestnuts. We continue this rigorous testing and trials in the forest, orchard, and research labs. The return of the American chestnut to its former native range in the Appalachian hardwood forest ecosystem is a major restoration project that requires a multi-faceted effort involving members and volunteers, scientific research, sustained funding, and most importantly, a sense of the past and a hope for the future.Image attachment
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Let’s get some Chestnut 🌰 trees 🌳 so we can make them come back to American 🇺🇸 soil.

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Maryland Chapter Spring Meeting

Maryland Chapter Spring Meeting

The Spring Meeting of the Maryland Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation will be held at the Gaithersburg Regional Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave, Gaithersburg, Maryland on April 1, 2023 beginning at 11:00.  Our speakers will be Bruce Levine, Chairman of...

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Chestnut Chat

Chestnut Chat

A new Zoom series of Chestnut Chats starts Friday, January 20 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST). For more information, and to access the zoom link, visit the website here.

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