Why is restoration of the American chestnut so important?
The American chestnut was an important foundation species in eastern forests before getting wiped out by an invasive pathogen. With restoration, we have the opportunity to reverse a catastrophic loss facilitated by human action. Restoration of the American chestnut would provide a valuable food source for wildlife and humans, a prized timber product, and the opportunity to sequester carbon and help to mitigate climate change.
What does The American Chestnut Foundation do?
What do TACF State Chapters do?
Does TACF provide auxillary aids to qualified persons with disabilities?
Does TACF receive federal money and abide to the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement?
With that, we abide by the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement:
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How is TACF restoring the American chestnut?
No matter the method, be it singularly or in combination, the goal is to produce American-type chestnuts capable of surviving and reproducing in the forest unassisted.
Besides direct improvement work for disease-resistance, TACF and its affiliates are conserving genetic diversity of the species, assessing susceptibility to other pests and pathogens (in addition to chestnut blight), and exploring the ecology of the species to prepare for landscape-scale reintroduction.
How soon will you know if the potentially blight-resistant chestnuts are truly blight-resistant?
How are potentially blight-resistant chestnuts being tested?
Does TACF have other goals beyond breeding blight-resistant American chestnut trees?
Why should I plant pure American chestnuts instead of waiting until the blight-resistant material is available?
- To help preserve native sources of trees and the genetic diversity of the species;
- To learn how to grow, care for, and maintain American chestnut trees on your unique site.
Where should I plant American chestnuts?
How do I plant chestnuts?
Planting American Chestnuts in Pots: Tips for a Successful Growing Experience
Have there been Science Reviews done for TACF?
As The American Chestnut Foundation continues to evolve we look to have our breeding techniques and scientific objectives periodically vetted by experts in the field. Although this is currently an ongoing practice of TACF’s, through our collaborations with academic researchers and government partners, we do organize a more formal, in-person gathering to do a more thorough analysis of our breeding and selection plans.
Science Reviews have been performed for TACF in 1999 and 2006. The next Review is scheduled for August 2018. Reports from the previous reviews can be found below.
My organization would like a demonstration planting. Is that possible? Who should we contact?
How was chestnut blight introduced? What causes the blight? Where's it from? How did it get here?
I thought the American chestnut was extinct, but I saw one the other day. How can that be?
What do I do if I think I found an American chestnut?
How do I purchase American chestnuts?
TACF’s potentially blight-resistant chestnuts are available to Seed Level Members. The blight-resistance of these trees cannot be guaranteed; they are for initial testing and research and are not available to the general public. These chestnut seeds are also available to TACF members on a seniority basis (i.e. the longer one has been a member the more likely one will be able to receive seeds for the cost of shipping and handling).
Note that these seeds or seedlings are not being sold, but are a benefit of membership. By participating as a seed level member, you help TACF continue to do its important work and continually improve material for release.
“Pure” American chestnut seeds are also available to members on a limited basis. These trees are not blight-resistant, but they are fun to grow and can live over five years.