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CT-TACF Chapter Chestnut Hikes in Search of American Chestnut Germplasm Featured Image

CT-TACF Chapter Chestnut Hikes in Search of American Chestnut Germplasm

In July 2021, the CT-TACF Chapter held several Chestnut Hikes to search for new sources of American chestnut germplasm. The CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection had previously performed habitat management harvests at many parcels of state-owned land to create early successional habitat for the New England Cottontail, a species that was proposed for listing on the Endangered Species List.  Since these forest...
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KY-TACF Chapter Pollinations in Daniel Boone National Forest Featured Image

KY-TACF Chapter Pollinations in Daniel Boone National Forest

Throughout the summer, KY-TACF Chapter members and volunteers have searched for wild-type American chestnut trees in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of Daniel Boone National Forest, an area known to have a number of surviving American chestnuts. Volunteers seek to take record...
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Re-establishing the Chestnut Tree in New Jersey, One Sapling at a Time Featured Image

Re-establishing the Chestnut Tree in New Jersey, One Sapling at a Time

This August 2021 article published by the Town Topics Newspaper of Princeton, New Jersey, chronicles the history and re-emergence of American chestnut trees in various NJ townships, including a second generation hybrid sapling planted at Mapleton Preserve in Kingston. "There are over 100 chestnut trees now growing in the area, including trees planted in Hopewell Township at the Fiddler’s Creek Preserve, demonstration plantings at...
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Photos: Saving the American Chestnut, Hemlock and Ash Trees Featured Image

Photos: Saving the American Chestnut, Hemlock and Ash Trees

In the summer of 2021, Paul Kuehnel of York Daily News visited with TACF Director of Restoration, Sara Fitzsimmons, and Jay Breneman to capture a series of photos. The photos depict three tree species threatened by non-native pests and pathogens, American chestnut, ash, and hemlock....
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Backcross Chestnut Orchard at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC Featured Image

Backcross Chestnut Orchard at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

In April of 2021, former TACF Regional Science Coordinator Paul Sisco and a volunteer crew participated in a workday at the backcross chestnut orchard located at Lioncrest, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC. The ground where the trees are planted is known to contain Phytophthora cinnamomi, a root rot pathogen lethal to American chestnuts trees. Volunteers mowed the grass in the orchard, fertilized the trees, and...
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The Story of “Everest,” a Journey of One Family’s Chestnut Seedling Featured Image

The Story of “Everest,” a Journey of One Family’s Chestnut Seedling

Once in a blue moon, I like to gift an extra seedling or two to special friends or major donors when there are extra available from TACF’s Meadowview Research Farms. A long-time friend and former colleague at The Nature Conservancy, Hallie, was the recipient of such a seedling to raise the spirits of her father, Jack, who had been dealing with health issues the...
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New England’s First Experimental Transgenic Orchard Featured Image

New England’s First Experimental Transgenic Orchard

In mid-May, TACF members and volunteers worked non-stop to create New England’s first transgenic chestnut seedling orchard in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Transgenic chestnuts have an extra gene from wheat to protect them from the fungal blight that kills the American chestnut. Because the transgenic chestnuts are federally regulated, the site is governed by a USDA APHIS outplanting permit. Creating the orchard was quite an...
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The Benefits of a Native Plant Garden and its Volunteers Featured Image

The Benefits of a Native Plant Garden and its Volunteers

Visitors and staff walk through a beautiful meadow-like area of native plants on their way into the Glenn C. Price Research Laboratory at TACF's Meadowview Research Farms. The garden was established as landscaping for the new lab in 2011. These native plants are an appropriate complement for the ongoing research to restore our native American chestnut. The garden provides wildlife habitat, is an education...
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Bringing the Chestnut Home: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Partner with TACF  Featured Image

Bringing the Chestnut Home: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Partner with TACF 

Before globalization and colonialism brought the invasive chestnut blight pathogen to American soils, for thousands of years, the Cherokee made a cough syrup from the leaves of the American chestnut tree. The Cherokee also took an infusion of year old chestnut for heart trouble. Today, the knowledge of this culturally significant tree is fading for two reasons: The Indian Removal...
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TACF’s 2021 American Chestnut Photo Contest Featured Image

TACF’s 2021 American Chestnut Photo Contest

Have you taken a photograph of an American chestnut or American chestnut hybrid that deserves to grace the cover of Chestnut magazine? Enter it in TACF’s 2021 American Chestnut Photo Contest! Send in your best photo(s) by September 1, 2021 to enter. The winner will receive a complimentary one-year TACF membership...
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American Chestnut Tree Featured Image

American Chestnut Tree

An article about the significant role of the American chestnut tree in Appalachia was published in the winter 2021 issue of A.T. Journeys, magazine of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The article details the many benefits of the tree and how its loss impacted the forest ecosystem and life that was dependent on the tree....
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Restoring The American Chestnut: An All-Out Effort to Save This Iconic Tree Featured Image

Restoring The American Chestnut: An All-Out Effort to Save This Iconic Tree

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