Kentucky Chapter

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Hello from the Kentucky Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation! 

 We are an active group of Volunteers who work together to help the national effort to restore the American Chestnut back into its native forests.  With our Partners, we manage several orchards of hybrid American Chestnuts and full American Chestnuts that facilitate breeding options. 

Wild American Chestnuts are still found across Kentucky in their native range forests.   While an extremely small number of wild American Chestnut trees survive the blight to grow large enough to produce flowers and burrs, there are many sprouts that grow from the roots of the original trees.   Take a look at the original American Chestnut Range Map.   American chestnuts like well-drained, acidic sandstone soils.   They do not like low acidic clay soils or soils and low areas that hold water.

We invite you to help search for wild Americans and to record them on the free ‘TreeSnap’ app.   Or you can contact us via our Kentucky Chapter Facebook Page to let us know their location and if you need help to ID that your trees are full American or a Chinese or Japanese Chestnut, or a hybrid with mixed parentage.   You can see general locations of wild American Chestnuts found and mapped to date on the TreeSnap website:     https://treesnap.org/       Choose “MAP” from the menu to see general tree locations, with the knowledge that the app moves the exact tree locations by about five miles each to protect the individual trees and the landowners.   With the “OBSERVATION CATEGORY” filter box, select “American Chestnut” to remove the visual clutter of other species that are also entered into TreeSnap.

JOIN US.   Become a Member.    Become a Volunteer.    Click on the BECOME A MEMBER button to the right to simultaneously join the national TACF organization, plus the Kentucky Chapter.      You will enjoy working beside and developing friendships with many other conservation minded people who are taking a variety of actions to do our part, along with our sister Appalachian state chestnut chapters, to restore this iconic American tree. 

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Pre Bagging Flowers at Kentucky Division of Forestry's Morgan County Tree Nursery Full American Chestnut Orchard

Partnership KDF and KY Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation

June is pollination season for American Chestnuts. A crew of KDF's Terry Stamper, Derek Stamper and intern Randal Caudill, along with Ken Darnell of KY TACF, ran two ladder crews the morning of June 17th to search for fertile chestnut flowers to pre bag to prevent random pollinations. Controlled pollinations with selected pollens will occur around June 30-July 2nd.

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Pre Bagging Flowers at Kentucky Division of Forestrys Morgan County Tree Nursery Full American Chestnut Orchard

Partnership KDF and KY Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation

June is pollination season for American Chestnuts.   A crew of KDFs Terry Stamper, Derek Stamper and intern Randal Caudill, along with Ken Darnell of KY TACF, ran two ladder crews the morning of June 17th to search for fertile chestnut flowers to pre bag to prevent random pollinations.   Controlled pollinations with selected pollens will occur around June 30-July 2nd.

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Thank you to our Eastern KY University Partners

EKU Team Members help the KY TACF Chapter in so many ways, all centered around the TACF/EKU Partnership Regional Hybrid Chestnut Orchard located just outside of their Richmond, KY Campus.

Dr. Albert G. Spencer, EKU Professor for 28 years, now Professor Emeritus, is a "Meister" Wood Craftsman. Every piece that he makes is of his own unique design and produced with amazingly tight joinery.

Dr. Spencer recently presented an 18" wide beautiful character, wormy American Chestnut board, that he and his brother in law John L. Powell of Beattyville, KY donated to the Kentucky Chapter. Dr. Spencer custom engraved the board, so that we can display it as a centerpiece in our educational displays. He left the wood unfinished so that our guests can "get the feel" of old growth American Chestnut.

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Jennifer Koslow Hannah Leeper TACF
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Thank you to our Eastern KY University Partners

EKU Team Members help the KY TACF Chapter in so many ways, all centered around the TACF/EKU Partnership Regional Hybrid Chestnut Orchard located just outside of their Richmond, KY Campus.

Dr. Albert G. Spencer, EKU Professor for 28 years, now Professor Emeritus, is a Meister Wood Craftsman.   Every piece that he makes is of his own unique design and produced with amazingly tight joinery.   

Dr. Spencer recently presented an 18 wide beautiful character, wormy American Chestnut board, that he and his brother in law John L. Powell of Beattyville, KY donated to the Kentucky Chapter.     Dr. Spencer custom engraved the board, so that we can display it as a centerpiece in our educational displays.   He left the wood unfinished so that our guests can get the feel of old growth American Chestnut.  

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Jennifer Koslow   Hannah Leeper TACF

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Dr. Spencer's work is amazing! So much talent and generosity

KY Pollination Season 2024

Photos were taken in late June 2023 in Kentucky Division of Forestry's full American Chestnut Orchard in Morgan County on Pollination Day.

The KY Chapter's Pollination Actions begin June 14th and continue through July 3rd across multiple locations. We can use a few people who want to learn about pollination, who can help move ladders, or can operate a clip board.

If you are interested in helping, and learning hands on, please email to Ken Darnell: dkdarnell@roadrunner.com to receive details.

Kentucky Division of Forestry Clint Patterson Hannah Leeper TACF Jimmie Sizemore The American Chestnut Foundation
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KY Pollination Season 2024

Photos were taken in late June 2023 in Kentucky Division of Forestrys full American Chestnut Orchard in Morgan County on Pollination Day.

The KY Chapters Pollination Actions begin June 14th and continue through July 3rd across multiple locations.   We can use a few people who want to learn about pollination, who can help move ladders, or can operate a clip board.

If you are interested in helping, and learning hands on, please email to Ken Darnell:    dkdarnell@roadrunner.com  to receive details.

Kentucky Division of Forestry Clint Patterson Hannah Leeper TACF Jimmie Sizemore The American Chestnut FoundationImage attachmentImage attachment
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