Happy 2018!
We continue work on our Seed and Breeding Orchards this year
We are always looking for more volunteers
Please contact us, we’d love your help!

MA/RI-TACF Chapter Events

MA/RI-TACF Summer 2018 Quarterly Meeting

Saturday, July 21st,  10am – 3:30pm

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary
30 Peck Road
Wales, MA

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Dedicated to restoring the keystone forest tree of the east by backcross breeding local American chestnut “Mother” trees into a population of blight-resistant trees.

Our newest seed orchard at the Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Field Headquarters building in Westboro. Our Annual Meeting on Nov. 21, 2015 was at this beautiful new green building — with a chestnut potluck, excellent speakers, and orchard tours!

Chestnut seed orchard in Weston, MA

Weston MA Seed Orchard 2016

Can you help provide a long-term seed orchard to grow potentially blight-resistant MA/RI chestnuts?

2012 saw the first planting of one of our “seed orchards”: the next generation of TACF’s breeding plan for blight-resistant chestnut, using nuts from our ~28 “BC3” orchards. Seed orchards produce highly blight-resistant offspring for our forests and other locations. More are needed!

We are still pollinating local pure American trees for our “BC3” orchards – so please let us know when you find a blooming local American tree.

Contact us for future orchard work dates.  Volunteers are always welcome!

Sentinal Covers Restoration Dinner & Donalds Orchard 

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Upcoming Events


Calling all Nature Lovers to Springside Park - July 18

If you’re a nature lover and appreciate the beauty and importance of forests, please consider joining us for Weeding Wednesdays at TACF's seed production orchard at Springside Park, 874 North St. Pittsfield, MA between 6:30 and 8:00PM on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The purpose […]


MA/RI-TACF Summer 2018 Quarterly Meeting

The summer meeting of TACF's MA/RI Chapter will be held on Saturday, July 21 at the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary at 30 Peck Road, Wales, MA from 10:00AM-3:30PM with the Orchard Manager’s Meeting from 10:00AM-12:15PM and the Board Meeting from 12:45-3:30PM. Bring your own lunch and cold drinks; […]