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Welcome to the website of the Maine Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation.

[Deer Hill harvest]
Harvesting in the Deer Hill orchard

[Stetson Volunteers]
Volunteers at the Stetson orchard (PCCA credit).

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.

Volunteer Opportunities
  • Inoculating trees in Lovell, Unity, Morrill, Veazie, and Bradley June 26-28.
  • Orchard maintenance throughout the summer in Monmouth, Hope, Phippsburg, Searsport, Winthrop, Hartland, and Stetson – weeding, watering, feeding, harvesting, and record-keeping.
  • Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

The Maine Chapter is one of 16 chapters of TACF. Our mission is:

  • Protect, conserve, preserve, and propagate trees from all important remaining native Maine American chestnut populations in the state.
  • Restore American chestnuts to a place of ecological and economic importance and self-sustainability throughout their original forest range in Maine
  • Make blight-resistant American chestnuts available to the people of Maine as soon as possible.

Join us! Use our multi-purpose form to indicate your interest in volunteering, membership, or buying native chestnut seeds and seedlings.

In the News:

Key contacts:
Glen Rea, Breeding Coordinator-North (e-mail:
Eric Evans, Breeding Coordinator-South (phone: 207-706-6913 / e-mail:
Ann Rea, Newsletter Editor (e-mail:
Rob Stenger, Webmaster

See our complete Board of Directors list by clicking here.