The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) was founded in 1983 by a group of scientists who recognized the massive impact that the demise of the American chestnut caused the ecology of Appalachian hardwood forests and regional rural communities. The goal of TACF is to restore the American chestnut tree through scientific research and a carefully designed breeding program. A blight-resistant American chestnut tree is expected to be ready for planting within the next decade.

The Ohio Chapter of the TACF was provisionally formed in 2004 and granted full chapter status as of 2005. The Ohio Chapter is currently beginning a program to find surviving chestnuts in Ohio forests, establish demonstration plantings, creating breeding orchards, and advancing various forms of restoration and reclamation research utilizing American chestnut. We welcome all interested parties! Our mission is to keep the American chestnut alive for future generations.

We welcome the involvement of anyone interested in any aspect of the American Chestnut. PLEASE JOIN US IN THIS HISTORIC EFFORT! If you are not yet a member and would like to become one, please do so here.

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Chestnut Tree Planting at Rutherford B. Hayes Library and Museum

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