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American chestnut seeds available from GA-TACF

NOTE: We have allocated all of the seeds from the 2023 seed crop!  We hope to run this promotion again next year (January 2025).

Special offer for new or renewing GA-TACF members

If you join TACF, renew a lapsed membership, or renew early plus add a donation of at least $25 to the Georgia Chapter (GA-TACF), we will send you a packet of 10 pure American chestnut seeds* along with planting and care instructions. To take advantage of this offer, please:

1) Email us at GAChapter@tacf.org to confirm that seeds are still available. We will get back to you right away and reserve a seed packet for you.

2) Join or renew with TACF with at least the $40 regular annual membership fee and add a $25 extra donation to The GA Chapter of TACF. The link to join and donate is: https://support.tacf.org/membership After adding your regular membership, click Continue Shopping to add the donation to GA-TACF.

3) When joining or renewing, please fill in the “Special Note” section of the payment page saying that you would like to receive a packet of seeds from GA-TACF.

This offer is limited to seed availability (first come, first served) and will expire March 1, 2024 or once this year’s seed supply runs out.

If you are unable to take advantage of this offer, TACF has several long-standing programs that enable members to obtain chestnut seeds or seedlings. See https://tacf.org/american-chestnut-seeds-and-seedlings/

*Pure American chestnut seeds will mostly be from source trees from the state of Georgia. They do not carry significant blight or Phytophthora root rot resistance. That said, when planted in the right location and properly cared for, they are capable of growing into adult trees with the potential to flower and bear nuts. If they reach that condition, the trees may be very useful to GA-TACF for future breeding purposes.

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Presentation and tree planting at GMREC in Blairsville

On Saturday February 10, GA-TACF’s Dr. Martin Cipollini (Berry College) will be speaking at a meeting of the North GA Mountains Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society. Dr. Cipollini’s presentation will focus on the GA chapter’s statewide chestnut breeding program. This meeting is open to the public, so we encourage folks local to the Blairsville area to stop by!

The meeting is at the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center (GMREC). 195 Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Road, Blairsville, GA. The entrance is about 3 miles south of Blairsville on Rt. 19/129/11 (Gainesville Highway).

The Native Plant Society meeting starts at 10 am. Dr. Cipollini’s talk will run from about 11 am – noon. Immediately following the meeting, GMREC volunteers and others will plant a few small chestnut seedlings at a nearby spot on the property. Visitors are welcome to join and learn about planting and caring for chestnuts.

Please note some other items:

Earth Day at The Pettit Environmental Preserve near Dallas, GA, Saturday April 20. GA-TACF’s Mark Stoakes will be on hand to share information about our chestnut restoration program. Watch for upcoming details about this event.

Save the date! GA-TACF’s annual meeting will be held at The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry on May 11 (morning meeting and presentations with field trip options in the afternoon). Agenda forthcoming. All are invited (members and non-members alike). The American Chestnut Foundation
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TACF is hiring a paid intern for the Mid-Atlantic region. The intern will:
• Assist with all aspects of TACF’s Mid Atlantic regional science programs.
• Plant, maintain, and monitor American chestnuts in field and greenhouse settings.
• Assist with breeding selections, pollinations, and inventory activities.
• Enter data and digitized records into TACF’s online database.

Requirements:
• Some training in forestry, ecology, horticulture, biology, or related fields.
• Good written and oral communication skills, strong time-management skills.
• Ability to work well independently and in group settings.
• Proficiency with MS Office products, especially Excel; good attention to detail.
• Travel throughout Mid-Atlantic region (with focus in VA and MD) will be required.
✨Candidate MUST have own vehicle and current driver’s license
✨To Apply:
Email a resume, cover letter, and three references to Cassie Stark at cassie.stark@tacf.org
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