About Us

BoardSpring07_03_930pxw1Our mission is to restore the American Chestnut to the forests and woodlands of Connecticut. The Connecticut Chapter of TACF is a Chartered State Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation with its own Bylaws, Constitution and Treasury. It is organized as a tax-exempt non-profit foundation under the US Tax Code 501(c)3.  Learn More



Mission / Objectives

BreedingOrchard_930pxwOur 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%…  Learn More



Sitting Seed Orchards

seedorchardplotSeed orchards are the next major phase of the breeding program and we are actively pursuing locations that could support the seed orchards. A seed orchard is the required next step in producing trees for reforestation in CT that have 50% of their DNA from persisting native CT American Chestnut trees that flowered, allowing pollination…  Learn More

Latest News

Chestnut Hike at Naugatuck State Forest

June 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Come for an educational walk at Naugatuck State Forest to look for flowering native American Chestnut trees.  TACF is attempting to increase our search for native American chestnut trees for several upcoming projects including establishment of Germplasm Conservation Orchards, testing native chestnut genetic diversity and for collecting pollen to establishing […]

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Chestnut Backcross Orchard Demonstration – June 9th

Event: On June 9th we will have an orchard demonstration at the Salem Backcross Orchard from 9 AM to 11 AM hosted by CT Chapter board member, David Bingham. First we will tour the backcross orchard he established on his property. At this time of year many of the larger sized trees will be in […]

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