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.