Members of the West Virginia chapter gather in mid-March to pot chestnuts. In readiness for potting, the bags of nuts that were stratified over the winter in a refrigerator were checked in mid-February to see how many had radicals. In the photo, there is a wide range of response to stratification from nuts that have not yet sent out a radical (nut on far left) to nuts with radicals that are several inches long (nut on far right). About 30% of the nuts that were bagged last September had a visible radical.
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And harvesting continues! This report from the TACF The Georgia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation has a great description of the process, what happens after the nuts are picked and processed and also how we work with so many partners like Berry College who helps process the harvested nuts. Also pictured is Kathy Patrick, the volunteer of the year for the entire southern region of TACF. Thank you, Kathy, for your dedication and hard work. We will see you at the Fall Meeting! Note: some of these nuts were harvested at Anna Ruby Falls by staff Member Matt Summers! ... See MoreSee Less
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Do you ship seeds
This is amazing!
Is there any way to get some seedlings
Let us hope this is exceptional news, I wish we could grow chestnuts here in Kansas zone 6.
I'd love to have an American Chestnut tree in my field.
Hope to see more saplings at Shieling State Forest soon. I walk thru every weekend.
They’re fallin in Southern Ohio!
Do you ship seeds or saplings? If so will they grow in northern Michigan
Newbee here, why does the tree bark look so narly?
I remember my college days at SFA in Nacogdoches Texas 1st year dendrology . On our lab one week we were sampling trees in a neighborhood close to campus instead out in the woods. We came up on a so called (ringer) or a tree not included in our textbook. Because I had spent a lot of time in North Carolina I recognized right off as an American chestnut and got to go home early. Now how it got there nobody knows but it’s still there torturing new dendrology students today under the watchful eye of the forestry department at SFA,
They are selling saplings at fryberg fair for $20 each.
Carolinas Chapter member Jon Taylor recently spent 10 days collecting chestnut burs from 18 wild trees spanning Alabama to Connecticut. This was his third annual chestnut harvest, and the nuts he collected will get planted in several different germplasm conservation orchards. The goal is that some of these will eventually become mother trees and receive transgenic pollen.
1st photo: An American chestnut tree on the Appalachian Trail in central Pennsylvania
2nd photo: Jon Taylor with newly discovered American chestnut tree in Connecticut ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank for your efforts Jon!
I would love to get some blight resistant trees so I could spread the chestnut 🌰 tree love 🌳
Found some chestnuts while hiking in the Smokies this week.
I truly hope that this effort is successful. It would be a great thing to see the chestnut become a major tree once again across the Eastern to Central US.
Nice finds! Here is the one I found on my farm. Western PA It's around 50 feet tall.
I am curious how to order seedlings? We've got acreage in Western NC mountains and we'd love to plant lots of these.
My mom has a sizable one in her yard in Brevard, NC with no signs of blight. It has seeds every year.
A question for the experts…would it be possible to grow a tree in zone 5b Chicago? Congratulations on this wonderful mission.
Such important work. ❤️❤️❤️
The tree on #1 looks more like a shagbark hickory than a chestnut. I have both growing on my property.
I really need some seedlings!!!
Looks like my chestnut tree
These are blight resistant?
I had a chestnut 🌰 tree that got to be 40 inches round and plenty of chestnuts but one year it got dark and looked like it caught the blight. It was a shock to me because my papa had planted it from a seed. I have 2 more That look like bushes. But I’m afraid they also are prone to catching the blight.
I love anyone on a mission, but I especially love THIS mission. Thank you.
Is there a report of any in Red Creek, NY?
There is a grove in Orleans, MA.
I know where some of these are in Middelsboro Kentucky where I grew up
Are these just blight survivors found out in the world? We had a chestnut tree in our yard growing up in the 90’s in Northern Virginia. So many yummy nuts from that tree. Not sure if it’s still alive. 😢
I have in my possession a rustic “chest” that my paternal grandfather made on or before the turn of the century in Clinton MD He put little wheels on it for easy mobility. Thick, roughly cut CHESTNUT. A treasure.
Will ANY live in North Dakota? Even as small trees?
It's harvest time. Recently we've been sharing a lot of posts displaying all the activities of our volunteer chapters. We hope you can see all the support and work it takes toward this mission by a small, grassroots organization. With the help of our volunteers, orchards, TACF staff and Meadowview Research Farms, we've been able to plant, distribute and harvest so much since our founding 40 years ago. Here's a brief recap:
>2 MILLION chestnuts harvested
>400,000 American chestnut trees planted
>185,000 seedlings distributed to our partners and 16 volunteer chapters in 21 states and orchards.
The work continues. We appreciate every contribution.
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Thank you for all your tireless work on this effort, it is so very appreciated. ￼
Donated! I was the first one! Woohoo! I love all chestnut revival - best wishes!
Very interested in planting some chestnut trees but not sure how to get seed.
How can I get a part of this? I live in Ohio and have 30 acres. I would love to plant some chestnut trees.
Can you suggest how to sprout the seeds that I’ve collected?￼
Harvested yesterday in NW CT for the CT chapter!
Where can you buy American chestnuts
Do you have a State Chapter in Oklahoma where I could get some seeds or young trees to re-plant?
I would love to plant some seeds or plants. In middle Tennessee
I'm sure they can grow in northern Indiana, but I've never seen any to buy. I would love to add one in my 5 acres!
I am germinating walnuts for my property in NEW BEDFORD ma. I have plenty of room if you have and extra plants
How can we get seedlings. I always collect chestnuts
Would love to have chestnut trees once again here on our family farm of 56 acres here in MD.
Will they grow in northern New Mexico. We have cold winters and hot summers. If so I would like to get seedlings
Hello from north georgia.
Where can I get one
Will they grow in Florida
Will these survive in central Texas with the extreme heat and drought and limestone soil?
I have a chestnut tree I started 2 years ago and need to transplant it somewhere. I’m in Boston Ma any suggestions
1…will they grow in Utah? 2. If so, how do I get seeds to grow and then replant in mountains
I would be interested in a seedling
I have 5 acres in NC I want to grow some on
I would love too help!
Is there a Michigan branch? I would like to add some to our collection/nurseries.