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Using Pollen from Land Between The Lakes

WE’RE SO HAPPY …….. RETURNED TO STEVE HARTMAN FULL AMERICAN ORCHARD, SCOTTSVILLE, KY near Tennessee Border to apply pollen from three LBL wild Americans, harvested, processed and stored last June by Lee Grace, UK Forestry Technician, from trees previously TreeSnapped by Jacob Pease and Megan Buland. Pollination Team: Steve Hartman and “Ches”, Jim Salmon, Ken Darnell

We kept the three LBL pollens separate and used all three to pollinate 51 pre bagged female flowers. Several pre bags had multiple flowers. Additionally, 5 flowers were bagged as CONTROLS, and were not pollinated. The pollen number (1, 2, or 3) written on each bag. ………and ***** Steve additionally pollinated several of his own prebagged flowers, using all three LBL pollens

See TreeSnap: ID # 6847761226 to see geographical location of Steve’s Orchard

…..and another HUGE THANK YOU to the USFS Leaders of LBL who are long time Partners with KY TACF Chapter

LBL (USFS Land Between the Lakes) wild Americans, and those in Scottsville area, are a part of the distinct “Southwest Population” of American Chestnuts. See the light green color on map below. VIP trees, for sure, and independent of the “Central Population” of wild American Chestnuts. Dark blue on map.

 

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For the second year, on July 5th, Scott Freidhoff and Terry Stamper provided a Chestnut program for the Biology Group of the Governor’s Scholars students at Morehead State University. There were 19 students plus an RA and their Instructor.

An indoor PowerPoint presentation introduced the scholars to the American Chestnut story. Outside the KY Foresty and Wildlife office building, the students were introduced to a 15/16ths American and a 50/50 Chinese/American hybrid that Terry planted years ago.

Scott and Terry led the students along one of the Daniel Boone National Forest trails above Rodburn Park to search for American sprouts. They stopped the scholars near a sprout and let them search until they found it.

These students were very interested in learning the story of the American Chestnut!

Kentucky Division of Forestry Hannah Leeper TACF
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Our Future Generation

For the second year, on July 5th, Scott Freidhoff and  Terry Stamper provided a Chestnut program for the Biology Group of the Governor’s Scholars students at Morehead State University.  There were 19 students plus an RA and their Instructor.  

An indoor PowerPoint presentation introduced the scholars to the American Chestnut story.  Outside the KY Foresty and Wildlife office building, the students were introduced to a 15/16ths American and a 50/50 Chinese/American hybrid that Terry planted years ago. 
 
Scott and Terry led the students along one of the Daniel Boone National Forest trails above Rodburn Park  to search for American sprouts.  They stopped the scholars near a sprout and let them search until they found it.  

These students were very interested in learning the story of the American Chestnut!

Kentucky Division of Forestry Hannah Leeper TACF

2024 Pollen Collection and Pollinations for KY Chapter were completed June 25th at Kentucky Division of Forestry's Morgan County Tree Nursery, near West Liberty, KY.

We had applied 82 "Pre Bags" on June 17th across five different trees to prevent random pollination of female flowers. Applied four different Kentucky pollens:

Pollens from: Adair County, Berea College Forest, Bell County and Gray's Arch in Red River Gorge, DBNF.

Teams for both events: KDF's Terry Stamper, Derek Stamper and intern Randall Caudill plus KY TACF's Ken Darnell with support from KDF's Charlie Saunders and Suzy Knott *****

We hit the flowers during their "Prime Time" **** Ken updated our "KY Prime Flower Maturity Tracker" with the dates of all the trees visited this year, as compared to prior pollination season.

Will also update the KY Pollination Spreadsheet for 2024.

Now we wait until October to go back to all of our pollinated trees to determine our per centage of pollination success * * * * * * 😎

Kentucky Division of Forestry Hannah Leeper TACF
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2024 Pollen Collection and Pollinations for KY Chapter were completed June 25th at Kentucky Division of Forestrys Morgan County Tree Nursery, near West Liberty, KY.

We had applied 82 Pre Bags on June 17th across five different trees to prevent random pollination of female flowers.    Applied four different Kentucky pollens:

Pollens from:       Adair County, Berea College Forest, Bell County and Grays Arch in Red River Gorge, DBNF.

Teams for both events:        KDFs Terry Stamper, Derek Stamper and intern Randall Caudill plus KY TACFs Ken Darnell        with support from KDFs Charlie Saunders and Suzy Knott   *****

We hit the flowers during their Prime Time    ****  Ken updated our KY Prime Flower Maturity Tracker with the dates of all the trees visited this year, as compared to prior pollination season.

Will also update the KY Pollination Spreadsheet for 2024.

Now we wait until October to go back to all of our pollinated trees to determine our per centage of pollination success       * * * * * *       😎 

Kentucky Division of Forestry Hannah Leeper TACFImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

Collecting Pollen in Berea College Forest

Busy morning, June 24th, in Berea College Forest with Clint Patterson, Glenn Dandeneau, Natasha Caldwell (Berea College Senior in Environmental Science), Ken Darnell and "Henry"

Clint and Team have done a great job of thinning out low value trees such as red maple and sourwoods in much of his 20 acre "in situ" wild American Chestnut Orchard, over the last few years. His Americans are growing nicely, with several producing catkins. We visited six different trees with catkins. The "opened up" (to sunlight) American Chestnuts are growing straight and tall, making difficult to get to the top of the trees to pollinate female flowers. We were able to use Ken's ladder and extension pole to collect catkins whose pollen will be applied to some Morgan County Orchard's full American flowers on Tuesday June 25th.

We are seeing "close by" pairs of trees beginning to flower this year. Our hope is to see some natural pollination in 2025.
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Collecting Pollen in Berea College Forest

Busy morning, June 24th, in Berea College Forest with Clint Patterson, Glenn Dandeneau, Natasha Caldwell (Berea College Senior in Environmental Science), Ken Darnell and Henry

Clint and Team have done a great job of thinning out low value trees such as red maple and sourwoods in much of his 20 acre in situ wild American Chestnut Orchard, over the last few years.    His Americans are growing nicely, with several producing catkins.     We visited six different trees with catkins.   The opened up (to sunlight) American Chestnuts are growing straight and tall, making difficult to get to the top of the trees to pollinate female flowers.   We were able to use Kens ladder and extension pole to collect catkins whose pollen will be applied to some Morgan County Orchards full American flowers on Tuesday June 25th.

We are seeing close by pairs of trees beginning to flower this year.    Our hope is to see some natural pollination in 2025.Image attachmentImage attachment
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