Welcome to the Maine Chapter
The goal of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is to restore the American Chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. The American Chestnut Foundation is restoring a species—and in the process, creating a template for restoration of other tree and plant species.
The Mission of the Maine Chapter of TACF is to: 1) Protect, conserve, preserve, and propagate trees from all important remaining native Maine American chestnut populations in the state, 2) Restore American chestnuts to a place of ecological and economic importance and self-sustainability throughout their original forest range in Maine, and 3) Make blight-resistant American chestnuts available to the people of Maine as soon as possible.
April 21st – 2pm: Chestnut Planting at University of New England – Biddeford, ME.
June 7th: Maine Chapter Board Meeting, all welcome – Viles Arboretum, Augusta, ME.
October 6-7th: National Chestnut Meeting and Field Tour – Portland, ME.
In the News
- American Chestnut Tree Restoration Project at the University of New England – Blog
- Unity College project aims to restore American chestnut tree – Portland Press Herald
- Unity College is Planting Seeds and Hoping to Restore an Endangered Tree Species – WABI TV
- Revival of forest giant: Mainers work to bring back American chestnut – Bangor Daily News Article
- In The Maine Woods, A Towering Giant Could Help Save Chestnuts – National Public Radio
- Tallest chestnut in North America discovered in Maine, Maine Public Radio broadcast
- News at 6, WMTW Channel 8, Portland, ME Tallest Chestnut Story
- Fall 2015 Tree Urchin Newsletter is on-line. Click here to download.
- University of Maine video highlighting student involvement with ME-TACF.
- Maine Chapter breeding orchard work featured in local newspaper article
- Maine Chapter featured in Unique Maine Farms website. Click here to visit.
SUBSCRIBE HERE to receive our bi-annual newsletter and learn about events and activities around Maine such as, local events and presentations, ceremonial tree plantings, seedling/seed sales, and requests for volunteers at certain times of the year to help with the restoration effort.
Have you seen a large American chestnut tree in Maine? Use the information at the identification page and send in a sample and form to assist our restoration project.
Al Faust, Chapter President
Glen Rea, Breeding Coordinator-North
Eric Evans, Breeding Coordinator-South
Dr. Brian Roth, Science & Data Coordinator
Ann Rea, Newsletter Editor
Roger Willby, Gene Preservation and Wild Tree Discovery Coordinator
Contact us (e-mail: Mainetacf@gmail.com)