|Jeremy also band saw-milled the Berlin cache between April and June. The but-log went to cookies, two of which reached the Aiken Forestry Lab at UVM. And three more, along with other lumber from his tree, are bound for landowner, T. Dwight Hobart, who supported all our efforts over the years. Seventeen other logs from Dwight’s and Carol Carbo’s properties in Berlin were sawn to lumber ranging from 8/4 live edge crotch slab, to clear 4/4, some of which is 17” wide. Jeremy will soon publish the tally. The Berlin work over the years, ending with this salvage, will be documented in an article published in the next issue of Chestnut Magazine.
Discontent also came in the form of flooding at Board member Tom Estill’s Mount St. Joseph’s plantings in Rutland, VT which flowered last year. Tom’s trees also got hit with this year’s hard frost. But nothing keeps Tom from his outreach mission. He will get another 36 seedlings for school distribution this week. He never quits.
Field efforts have ended, with planned maintenance at the Lake St. Catherine Orchard, including members Dan Brooks, Alice Woods and Kendra’s intern Russell Gomory. Brush cutting, fence post salvaging, and a yearly look at how things are going for the remaining trees from a 2013-2014 planting effort. The orchard will eventually be inoculated for whatever science tells us from the trees’ responses. For seven years, the Lake St. Catherine Park staff did its part last – mowing the orchard. What a pleasure to find it had already been done and the remaining trees looking great! But alas, no bisexual catkins. Frost found them too.
National TACF has completed the Documentary film titled “Clear Day Thunder.” Soon we’ll schedule a viewing event, and also a TACF 40th Anniversary Celebration.
The next TACF President and CEO, Dr. William Pitt, will take over from Lisa Thompson on July 31, 2023, and oversee the August 4th (virtual- Zoom) Board meeting. The VT/NH Chapter sincerely thanks Lisa for her outstanding leadership that has brought us closer America chestnut restoration.
So, enjoy the rest of your summer – even if it was the “Summer of Our Discontent.” Fewer chestnuts will grow, but maybe D-58 will finally be deregulated by next season. We’ll be back at it in the fall with the harvest, a chapter Board meeting and renewed enthusiasm. Keep fingers crossed that we’ll get enough open pollination from this season to support next year’s free nut distribution – and use it to attract more new members!
I want to say “thank you” again, to everyone who worked to make this year’s field season happen. We are all volunteers.
Evan Fox, President
VT/NH Chapter, TACF