American Chestnut Foundation

The goal of The American Chestnut Foundation is to restore the American chestnut tree to its native range within the woodlands of the eastern United States, using a scientific research and breeding program developed by its founders. We harvested our first blight-resistant nuts in 2005, and the Foundation hopes to begin reforestation trials with blight-resistant American-type trees before the end of this decade, using sound ecological principles. The return of the American chestnut to its former niche in the Appalachian hardwood forest ecosystem is a major restoration project that requires a multi-faceted effort involving 6,000 members & volunteers, research, sustained funding and most important, a sense of the past and a hope for the future.

Contact American Chestnut Foundation

Meghan Jordan
Director of Communications
50 North Merrimon Avenue
Suite 115
Asheville, North Carolina  28804
Phone: (828) 281-0047
Fax: (828) 253-5373


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

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Related Success Stories for American Chestnut Foundation

American Chestnut Restoration
Using new technologies and a strong partnership, blight resistant strains of American Chestnut are being used to restore the tree to its former range.