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The American Chestnut Foundation (IN-TACF)
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President's Corner Ben Finegan, President

My name is Ben Finegan and I am the newly elected president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation.

Trees fascinate me. I have always had a love of nature and am passionate about the chestnut cause. I hope that one day my children and grandchildren can walk under their shade. Together I'm confident we'll get there!

I welcome questions, ideas and stories so please don't hesitate to contact me!

I also enjoy fishing and hiking. I studied biology at Hanover college and live with my family in Noblesville, Indiana."


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. The American Chestnut Foundation is restoring a species - and in the process, creating a template for restoration of other tree and plant species.
Meadowview harvested its 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 eco- system is a major restoration project that requires a multi-faceted effort involving 6,000 members and volunteers, research, sustained funding and most important, a sense of the past and a hope for the future.

For current activities view 2013 & 2014Calendar.

2014 Annual Meeting Announced

Dean Cornett Chestnut Blight Video


IN-TACF Contact: Sally Weeks, Purdue University, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette IN 47907-2061