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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.

Upcoming Events:

  • March.15th: Maine Chapter Board Meeting at Viles Arboretum - Augusta, ME. Public welcome

In the News:

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.

Stay updated! 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? Send us the coordinates along with your contact information. You can use this website to zoom in on a map and find the exact coordinates.

Key contacts:
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
Rob Stenger, Webmaster

Contact us (e-mail:

See our complete Board of Directors list by clicking here.