Join the MA/RI Chapter at our
Winter Quarterly Meeting!
February 17th, 2019

(Rescheduled from 1/20 due to Snow)


We appreciate the continued support of all our members, volunteers and collaborators as we work together to restore blight resistant American chestnut to MA and RI, as part of a regional effort. As of 2018 we have 6 Seed Orchards with another 2 in the plans for 2019. Each year the number of trees planted, nuts harvested and volunteers continues to grow. The 2018 Harvest from our rogued BC3F2 Research Orchards produced well over 14,000 nuts!

Seed Orchard Description & Site Requirements


Al Southwick: The Chestnut Tree – a storied past, tragic decline and hope for its future

Green Hill Park Worcester Chestnut Harvest

Chestnuts Comeback Reaches Worcester

Worcester Tree Initiative


2015 News Article – Westboro Seed Orchard


 2018 Pittsfield Orchard – 3000 trees!

2018 Cub Scouts Plant American Chestnuts @ Springside Park

2016 News Article – Pittsfield Highlights Chestnut Seed Orchard to Celebrate Arbor Day

2014 News Article – Pittsfield Seed Orchard Part of Widespread Chestnut Restoration

2012 News Article – Weston Seed Orchard

Chestnut seed orchard in Weston, MAPhoto taken by John Emery @ Weston Orchard

Smith College – MacLeish Field Station – Seed Orchard

MacLeish Photos

South Kingstown Land Trust Video – A Chestnut Story


MA/RI Chapter Experiencing Growing Partnerships with Educational Institutions

Bristol Aggie Students Plant 100 Seedlings on Town of Dighton Conservation Property

Tantasqua Junior High School Video

Tantasqua Chestnut Tree Project