Georgia Chapter

About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring about the restoration of the American chestnut tree as a prominent part of Georgia forests.

The Georgia Chapter was founded to bring about the restoration of the American chestnut tree as a prominent part of Georgia forests by assisting the national foundation in its propagation efforts, by promoting public awareness through education and by supporting the scientific research efforts of TACF directed at restoring American chestnuts.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President – Dr. Martin Cipollini

Vice President – Jack Rogers

Secretary – Dr. Zach Felix

Treasurer – Vince Payne

Science Coordinator – Dr. Martin Cipollini

Honorary Director – Mary Belle Price (posthumously)

Additional Board Members

Dr. Scott Merkle

Ana Metaxas

Dr. Caitlin Conn

Taryn Heidel

David Keehn

Scott Laseter

Brian Williams

James Wentworth

 

Partnerships

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) and the Georgia Chapter (GaTACF) seek out partners that will not only help further its chestnut restoration program but also bring attention to the importance of the chestnut in American history. These partners include major universities, private foundations and businesses, as well as state and federal government agencies. With plantings at high-profile sites such as the Carter Center, Callaway Gardens Preserve, and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum Project, GaTACF has been able to attract significant support from many partners throughout Georgia.

Each of our partners offers a unique perspective on chestnut restoration and gives GaTACF the best possible opportunity to be successful in its efforts to bring the American chestnut back to the forests of Georgia.

Georgia TACF Partner Organizations

  • Atlanta History Center
  • Berry College
  • Bittersweet Gardens
  • Bottletree Bees
  • Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center
  • Carter Center
  • Charlane Plantation
  • Cloudland Vineyards
  • Dalton State College
  • Douglas County
  • Elachee Nature Science Center
  • Friends of Smithgall Woods State Park
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Georgia State Parks
  • Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Georgia Governor’s Mansion
  • Georgia Piedmont Land Trust
  • Georgia State Botanical Garden
  • Kennesaw State University (Research Farm) 
  • Kistner Center
  • North Georgia Canopy Tours
  • Pettit Environmental Center
  • Rabun Gap Nacoochee School
  • Reinhardt University
  • Rising Fawn Gardens
  • Runnin’ Wild Farms
  • Smith-Gilbert Gardens
  • The Blueberry Farm
  • The Callaway Gardens Preserve
  • The Carter Center
  • Cherokee County Recreation & Parks
  • Sandy Creek Nature Center
  • The University of Georgia (UGA) Horticultural Farm
  • The UGA Mountain Research & Education Center (GMREC)
  • The UGA Warnell School of Forestry
  • The Southern Company (Georgia Power)
  • Toccoa Falls College
  • Trees Atlanta and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum
  • University of North Georgia
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S.D.A. Forest Service
  • Vogel State Park
  • Young Harris College

FOR OUTSTANDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT WE WISH TO THANK

  • Ailene Phillips Trust
  • Dr. Austin Flint
  • Berry College
  • Eleanor & Tom Ratchford
  • Georgia Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Georgia State Specialty Crops Grant
  • Lumpkin Coalition/Hemlockfest
  • Dr. Martin Cipollini & Kathryn Patrick
  • Mary Belle Price
  • Rome Rotary Clubs
  • Temple-Inland Foundation
  • Urban & Community Forestry Commission

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Another great couple of days with GA-TACF volunteers! Today and yesterday, we had about 30 volunteers help with the small stem assay project at Berry College. Many thanks to all who came to participate and learn!

This project is part of our program to assess blight resistance in "best X best" crosses in the TACF hybrid chestnut program. The small stem assay is a way of assessing resistance at the seedling stage (less than a year old). In about 90 days the cankers that form on the stems will be measured and used to evaluate resistance level of the seedlings.

Our next big volunteer efforts in GA will likely be around seed harvest time in mid September through early October. Watch for announcements about these and other upcoming events.
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Another great couple of days with GA-TACF volunteers!  Today and yesterday, we had about 30 volunteers help with the small stem assay project at Berry College.  Many thanks to all who came to participate and learn!  

This project is part of our program to assess blight resistance in best X best crosses in the TACF hybrid chestnut program.  The small stem assay is a way of assessing resistance at the seedling stage (less than a year old).  In about 90 days the cankers that form on the stems will be measured and used to evaluate resistance level of the seedlings.

Our next big volunteer efforts in GA will likely be around seed harvest time in mid September through early October.  Watch for announcements about these and other upcoming events.
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Volunteers from Reinhardt University and Berry College had a great day today inoculating trees at the Austin Flint chestnut orchard near Waleska. Here are a few pics from the day’s work.

Meanwhile... another volunteer reminder!

On July 8 and 9, we will hold a volunteer event at Berry College (see details below*). If you'd like to volunteer, please access the volunteer registration form here: tacf.org/volunteer/ The registration site includes a link to the required volunteer waiver form. It is really simple to fill out and takes just a minute or two.

*Details: We will be looking for a small group of volunteers to help us do Small Stem Assays for blight resistance on chestnut seedlings at Berry College. July 8 and 9, no experience necessary. Time frame is 9 am to 5 pm and volunteers are welcome to arrive at any time before 2 pm. This is easy, partly indoor work and requires no expertise. It is a great way to learn about what we are doing and how we do it. This will be held at the McAllister Research Greenhouse. Berry College is just north of Rome on Rt. 27. Go through the Visitors Center access and ask for directions to the McAllister Research Greenhouse (NOT the Horticultural Greenhouse). If you plan to come, please email us at GaChapter@tacf.org
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Volunteers from Reinhardt University and Berry College had a great day today inoculating trees at the Austin Flint chestnut orchard near Waleska. Here are a few pics from the day’s work.

Meanwhile... another volunteer reminder!

On July 8 and 9, we will hold a volunteer event at Berry College (see details below*).  If youd like to volunteer, please access the volunteer registration form here: https://tacf.org/volunteer/ The registration site includes a link to the required volunteer waiver form.  It is really simple to fill out and takes just a minute or two.

*Details:  We will be looking for a small group of volunteers to help us do Small Stem Assays for blight resistance on chestnut seedlings at Berry College.  July 8 and 9, no experience necessary.  Time frame is 9 am to 5 pm and volunteers are welcome to arrive at any time before 2 pm.  This is easy, partly indoor work and requires no expertise.  It is a great way to learn about what we are doing and how we do it.  This will be held at the McAllister Research Greenhouse.  Berry College is just north of Rome on Rt. 27.  Go through the Visitors Center access and ask for directions to the McAllister Research Greenhouse (NOT the Horticultural Greenhouse).  If you plan to come, please email us at GaChapter@tacf.orgImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

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Marty teaching us the inoculation technique.

Berry crew!

Go Vinny!Meet the Interns:

During the month of July we will be introducing our summer 2024 Interns!

Meet Vinny Varsalona, we are very excited to have him to helping out in VA.
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