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 link 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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VOLUNTEER WORK DAY EKU Regional Hybrid American Chestnut Seed Orchard Saturday March 9, 2024, Eastern Kentucky University Agricultural Area, Richmond, KY

Awesome Partnership in EKU Regional hybrid American Chestnut Seed Orchard between national TACF, Eastern Kentucky University and KY Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation since 2016. Now entering our ninth year together. * * * * *

This hybrid American Chestnut Orchard (94% American genes, 6% Chinese genes, on average) looking good thanks to an ongoing series of VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS over the last eight years.

VOLUNTEER WORK DAY: Saturday March 9th 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

We will be trimming brush and briars out of the South Deer Fence line. We cleared out the fence lines around the active hybrid American trees in 2023 Looking great on that side ****

EKU Grounds Team will be bush hogging the briars on that half of the orchard field before March 9th

Each VOLUNTEER will need to bring: Leather work gloves, hand pruners, loppers, hand pruning saws A couple of small chainsaws will come in handy. A couple of pitch forks to toss cut briars. Also bring a light rain jacket, in case of some scattered rain.

Everyone needs to bring their own water, snacks, lunch, toilet paper (No restrooms, except over the hill behind some trees)

Come see the Orchard and our surviving 591 trees out of 3,574 planted. Oldest trees are now eight years old. Come and meet fellow ‘CHESTNUTTERS’.

If you are coming, please email individually to Ken Darnell, to let me know # of VOLUNTEERS dkdarnell@roadrunner.com I can also send directions to the orchard to those who have not visited before
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VOLUNTEER WORK DAY     EKU Regional Hybrid American Chestnut Seed Orchard     Saturday March 9, 2024, Eastern Kentucky University Agricultural Area, Richmond, KY

Awesome Partnership in EKU Regional hybrid American Chestnut Seed Orchard between national TACF, Eastern Kentucky University and KY Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation since 2016.   Now entering our ninth year together.    * * * * *

This hybrid American Chestnut Orchard (94% American genes, 6% Chinese genes, on average)   looking good thanks to an ongoing series of VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS over the last eight years.

 VOLUNTEER WORK DAY:        Saturday March 9th         9:30 am – 1:00 pm

We will be trimming brush and briars out of the South Deer Fence line.    We cleared out the fence lines around the active hybrid American trees in 2023     Looking great on that side ****

EKU Grounds Team will be bush hogging the briars on that half of the orchard field before March 9th     

Each VOLUNTEER will need to bring:    Leather work gloves, hand pruners, loppers, hand pruning saws    A couple of small chainsaws will come in handy.     A couple of pitch forks to toss cut briars.    Also bring a light rain jacket, in case of some scattered rain.

Everyone needs to bring their own water, snacks, lunch, toilet paper    (No restrooms, except over the hill behind some trees)

Come see the Orchard and our surviving 591 trees out of 3,574 planted.   Oldest trees are now eight years old.   Come and meet fellow ‘CHESTNUTTERS’.

If you are coming, please email individually to Ken Darnell, to let me know # of VOLUNTEERS        dkdarnell@roadrunner.com        I can also send directions to the orchard to those who have not visited beforeImage attachmentImage attachment

Partnership Eastern Kentucky University with TACF and KY TACF * * * * * *

Thank you Dr. Jennifer Koslow and our strong EKU Partnership

Ken Darnell potted 57 June 2023 Control Pollinated full American Chestnut fertile nuts in Mt. Sterling, and thanks to Dr. Jennifer Koslow and EKU, we drove them to the Biology Department’s Green House. Seedlings will be planted in April in KY's full American Germplasm Conservation Orchards (GCO's).

We also carried 50 fertile, open pollinated nuts collected October 2023 from EKU Hybrid Chestnut Orchard, from a variety of trees, to plant in grow bags that we had filled four years ago, never used, and were stored at EKU.

Jennifer will personally supervisor the care of the seedlings until we are ready to plant in April 2024. Hoping for a good sprout rate. ********

Tandy Ann Deskins Larry Amos Stone
Jennifer Koslow Kentucky Division of Forestry
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Partnership Eastern Kentucky University with TACF and KY TACF      * * * * * *

Thank you Dr. Jennifer Koslow and our strong EKU Partnership     

Ken Darnell potted 57 June 2023 Control Pollinated full American Chestnut fertile nuts in Mt. Sterling, and thanks to Dr. Jennifer Koslow and EKU, we drove them to the Biology Department’s Green House.   Seedlings will be planted in April in KYs full American Germplasm Conservation Orchards (GCOs).

We also carried 50 fertile, open pollinated nuts collected October 2023 from EKU Hybrid Chestnut Orchard, from a variety of trees, to plant in grow bags that we had filled four years ago, never used, and were stored at EKU.

Jennifer will personally supervisor the care of the seedlings until we are ready to plant in April 2024.    Hoping for a good sprout rate.              ********

Tandy Ann Deskins Larry Amos Stone 
Jennifer Koslow Kentucky Division of ForestryImage attachment

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Thank you Hobie. Lots of Partnershipping and Volunteer engagement to get to this point * * * * * * * *

Thenk you for your hard work.

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE KENTUCKY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION

The Kentucky Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, is action oriented to do our part along with our sister Appalachian states, to help the Restoration of the American Chestnut back into its native forests.

We INVITE YOU to JOIN US:

support.tacf.org/membership Select KY as your Membership State * * * * * *

Lots of exciting actions underway in several state chapters plus at national TACF to restore the American Chestnut. * * * * The latest science is amazing.

Please feel free to contact the KY Chapter President with questions or if you have interest in learning more about the Actions of the Kentucky Chapter: dkdarnell@roadrunner.com

Also please feel free to share this information with other outdoor friends who would have interest ..... * * * * *

#TACF
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WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE KENTUCKY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION

The Kentucky Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, is action oriented to do our part along with our sister Appalachian states, to help the Restoration of the American Chestnut back into its native forests.   

We INVITE YOU to JOIN US:

https://support.tacf.org/membership    Select KY as your Membership State     * * * * * *

Lots of exciting actions underway in several state chapters plus at national TACF to restore the American Chestnut.   * * * *    The latest science is amazing.  
 
Please feel free to contact the KY Chapter President with questions or if you have interest in learning more about the Actions of the Kentucky Chapter:         dkdarnell@roadrunner.com     

Also please feel free to share this information with other outdoor friends who would have interest .....    * * * * *

#TACF
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