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

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Harvesting in the Deer Hill orchard

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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:

  • April 8: Maine TACF board meeting, 5 pm at Viles Arboretum in Augusta. Open to the public.
  • April 11-12: TACF exhibit at the Bangor Garden Show.
  • May 17-24: Arbor Week.
  • May 23: Planting of Restoration 1.0 trees at Brave Boat Harbor Farm in York.
  • September 25-27: TACF exhibit at Common Ground Fair, Unity.

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.

Key contacts:
Glen Rea, Breeding Coordinator-North (e-mail: Mainetacf@gmail.com)
Eric Evans, Breeding Coordinator-South (phone: 207-706-6913 / e-mail: ericevans45@gmail.com)
Ann Rea, Newsletter Editor (e-mail: annrea44@msn.com)
Rob Stenger, Webmaster

See our complete Board of Directors list by clicking here.