Our Mission

The mission of the Virginia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation is to restore the American chestnut tree to Virginia’s woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society.

Become a Sustaining Donor

Become a sustaining donor by putting us in your will, estate plans, or donating land for a breeding orchard. Without people like you, The American Chestnut Foundation wouldn’t exist as it does today.

Join Our Team

We are looking for eager volunteers to help in the work of restoring the once-mighty American chestnut to Virginia’s forests.  We have many needs and lots of opportunities for people with diverse skills.  For more information, and to indicate your areas of interest, go to https://www.acf.org/va/volunteering-opportunities/.


Latest News

Many Activities Planned in Central Virginia

Volunteer Speakers Sought The Central Virginia Restoration Branch is asking for help in spreading information about our program. A group of speakers is being formed in the Central Virginia area to speak to civic, environmental groups, schools, etc. Volunteers for this activity will be provided with a PowerPoint presentation and a “Learning Box.” This is […]

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Orchard Maintenance at the Roland Orchard

The Roland Orchard was initially planted in the spring of 2008.  Additional trees were planted in April 2009. There were originally 385 trees: 15 were pure American; 15 were pure Chinese, 15 were 50-50 crosses between American and Chinese, and the remaining 320 were the crosses we are breeding for blight resistance. About 25 trees […]

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Upcoming Events


Riverfest in Waynesboro April 29

Riverfest in will be held in Waynesboro, Virginia, on the 29th of April. This event is sponsored by a nonprofit organization dedicated to the environmental conservation and watershed stewardship in the Shenandoah River Basin. The Virginia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation will have two […]


Garden Party June 17 - Save the Date!

A Garden Party will be held at Marshfield in Warrenton on June 17.  This will be a ticketed event.  Details will be forthcoming, but plan now to save the date!