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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).
Important Reminder:

Our big activity focus this spring will be planting 1000s of chestnut seeds in three of our seed-orchard locations:

Phippsburg on April 19
Searsport on April 26
Stetson on May 10 and 17

Preceding each of these Saturday dates there will be one pre-planting prep work day, probably Thursday or Friday weather permitting. Please plan to help with this, and contact Eric Evans 236-9635 for the Phippsburg and Searsport plantings, or Glen Rea 945-6945 for the Stetson planting for details.

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
  • Planting the seed orchards in Phippsburg and Searsport in late April and in Stetson in early May.
  • Orchard maintenance throughout the summer at all of these sites – weeding, watering, feeding, 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.