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GA-TACF Annual Meeting May 13 2023

Calling all Georgia American Chestnut enthusiasts!

The Georgia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (GA-TACF) will hold its annual state meeting on May 13th, 2023, in Dahlonega. The meeting will be held at the University of North Georgia Health and Natural Sciences Auditorium, starting at 10AM. There is no charge to attend and the meeting is open to the public. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the chestnut research world at the moment!

The agenda will include a summary of the chestnut story and ongoing restoration efforts, and an update on the most recent science activities. Dr. Scott Merkle from the Warnell School of Forestry at UGA will give us an update on his chestnut research in Athens, including his chestnut cloning and genetic engineering efforts to develop blight resistant chestnuts using Georgia parent trees. We will also be screening TACF’s brand new documentary film, Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut, featuring appearances by former President Jimmy Carter, Dolly Parton, and Chuck Leavell. Here’s a link to the film’s official trailer –

After lunch, we will (optionally) carpool to see the new UNG Hurricane Creek test orchard, about 10 minutes west of campus. More agenda details are available on the Eventbrite registration page.

Please register for the event using the Eventbrite link below. Also. we are making available box lunches ($14) for pre-order via the Eventbrite registration process. Lunch orders will be accepted only through Sunday, May 7th. Registration is not strictly necessary to attend, but it will help us with our event preparations. No personal information will be shared.

Meeting street address: Health and Natural Sciences Building, 2nd floor, 159 Sunset Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30597. Signs will be placed to direct you to parking.

Registration link:

Jack Rogers, GA-TACF President








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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.

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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.

• 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
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