Welcome to the Maine Chapter

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 7.27.03 PMThe goal of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) 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.

The Mission of the Maine Chapter of TACF is to: 1) Protect, conserve, preserve, and propagate trees from all important remaining native Maine American chestnut populations in the state, 2) Restore American chestnuts to a place of ecological and economic importance and self-sustainability throughout their original forest range in Maine, and 3) Make blight-resistant American chestnuts available to the people of Maine as soon as possible.

Do you know of any wild American chestnut trees?

If you do, we are interested to find out! These trees are helpful in our genetic preservation efforts — seeds, pollen, or cuttings make be taken from individuals to preserve and spread their DNA. You can find information on identifying a native chestnut on the ME Natives page.

Please contact Chair of Gene Conservation, Dr. Thomas Klak with information regarding the whereabouts of these trees at: tklak@une.edu

In the News

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Stay updated!

SUBSCRIBE HERE to receive our bi-annual newsletter and learn about events and activities around Maine such as, local events and presentations, ceremonial tree plantings, seedling/seed sales, and requests for volunteers at certain times of the year to help with the restoration effort.

Have you seen a large American chestnut tree in Maine? Use the information at the identification page and send in a sample and form to assist our restoration project.

Key contacts

Al Faust, Chapter President
Thomas Klak, Vice President & Chair of Gene Conservation
Glen Rea, Breeding Coordinator-North
Eric Evans, Breeding Coordinator-South
Dr. Brian Roth, Science & Data Coordinator
Dr. Caitlin Briggs, Newsletter Editor

Contact us (e-mail: Mainetacf@gmail.com)

See our complete Board of Directors list by clicking here.