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Spring potting of nuts in 2021

Members of the WV chapter gathered on 13 March at the West Virginia University greenhouse to pot up about 900 nuts. The volunteers worked in three groups of four and the task was accomplished in about three hours. Many thanks to those who volunteered: Janis Boury,...

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Good and Bad

When posting images of chestnut, we all love great-looking seedlings or trees. They help promote the work of TACF. However, there are also pictures that depict less than ideal images. These are two images, representing the good and the bad. The picture of a dead...

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New plantings in West Virginia

These are two of many new 2020 plantings of backcross chestnuts in West Virginia. These two plantings are in the eastern panhandle in Jefferson and Mineral Counties.

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Potting chestnuts in Morgantown

A group of 13 volunteers gathered at the greenhouse on the campus of West Virginia University to pot about 400 chestnuts, including backcross chestnuts from Meadowview, American chestnuts from West Virginia and Maryland and some miscellaneous open-pollinated nuts from...

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Nuts germinating in January

Chestnuts that were placed in cold storage the last week of September 2019 are beginning to germinate in mid-January. If you have nuts in cold storage, now is a good time to check for mold and also to see if some of the nuts are beginning to put out a radical.

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Fort New Salem

Sam Muncy, WV-TACF treasurer and Sharon Reeves Cottrill, roasted chestnuts at the Spirit of Christmas Festival at Fort New Salem in Salem, WV. Sam stated that more than 75% of the people who attended the festival tasted chestnuts for the very first time.

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Have you been wondering if you can get seeds or seedlings shipped to you? This chart will tell you! Due to agricultural restrictions, we are not allowed to send seeds or seedlings to the west coast.

The chance to receive seeds or seedlings from TACF's national office has passed for 2024, but if you'd like the chance to get some in 2025, visit tacf.org/american-chestnut-seeds-and-seedlings/ for more details.

Keep in mind, If you join your state chapter then you may be able to get seeds or seedlings at other times of the year, so go volunteer and see what your chapter has to offer!
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Have you been wondering if you can get seeds or seedlings shipped to you? This chart will tell you! Due to agricultural restrictions, we are not allowed to send seeds or seedlings to the west coast.

The chance to receive seeds or seedlings from TACFs national office has passed for 2024, but if youd like the chance to get some in 2025, visit https://tacf.org/american-chestnut-seeds-and-seedlings/ for more details.
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Keep in mind, If you join your state chapter then you may be able to get seeds or seedlings at other times of the year, so go volunteer and see what your chapter has to offer!

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Is there a reason the west coast does qualify? The chart doesn’t say why.

Everyone hates califirnia 😥

But, will those trees survive and flourish in the 9B deserts?

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Ready for a downer? It's time to talk about blight.

The American chestnut used to be one of the dominant trees in the eastern forests, until a non-native fungus was introduced from Asia in the late 1800's and wiped them out. Today there are almost no mature American chestnut trees left.

But the question is, do our American chestnut friends Cassie & Denny have blight? Let's find out.
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That's not a bummer if she got knocked back due to other natural causes! That's actually great news if neither is showing blight!!

Love the optimism!

Lola came to Jules's family as a wee puppy about 10 Christmases ago from Brother Wolf, a rescue mission in Asheville. She was delivered to her then 7-year-old daughter, and Jules will never forget the look on her daughter's face when Lola popped her head out from where she was hidden in a small tote bag.

Though originally from eastern Tennessee, Jules, the director of communications at TACF, moved to Asheville in 2010 from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the Communications Associate at Episcopal Divinity School. Prior to accepting the job at TACF, she was the Webmaster and Communications Specialist at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Before switching career paths, Jules worked as a videographer and editor in the television news industry.
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Lola came to Juless family as a wee puppy about 10 Christmases ago from Brother Wolf, a rescue mission in Asheville. She was delivered to her then 7-year-old daughter, and Jules will never forget the look on her daughters face when Lola popped her head out from where she was hidden in a small tote bag.

Though originally from eastern Tennessee, Jules, the director of communications at TACF, moved to Asheville in 2010 from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the Communications Associate at Episcopal Divinity School. Prior to accepting the job at TACF, she was the Webmaster and Communications Specialist at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Before switching career paths, Jules worked as a videographer and editor in the television news industry.Image attachment

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Love this post. Jules is a very special person!

It's here!! Now you don't have to wait for a public showing near you, you can watch it from the comfort of your home instead.
To watch go to www.cleardaythunder.film/ , pay the $10.00 fee, roast up some chestnuts, and enjoy!
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Its here!! Now you dont have to wait for a public showing near you, you can watch it from the comfort of your home instead. 
To watch go to https://www.cleardaythunder.film/ , pay the $10.00 fee, roast up some chestnuts, and enjoy!

On Friday, June 7th, tree experts from Montgomery County Parks helped the Maryland Chapter obtain pollen from an unusually tall timber-type Chinese chestnut growing along the Rock Creek hiking trail near Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase. The tree, standing 75-80 feet tall, competes with native trees and flowers in the canopy. The Maryland Chapter hopes to use this pollen on American chestnuts in their orchards, which should result in Chinese-American hybrids with significant resistance to chestnut blight and phytophthora root rot, but without the short branch growth habit typical of Chinese chestnuts. We are grateful to Montgomery County Parks for their help and impressive climbing skills. We hope to continue working together to generate useful breeding material from this remarkable tree. ... See MoreSee Less

On Friday, June 7th, tree experts from Montgomery County Parks helped the Maryland Chapter obtain pollen from an unusually tall timber-type Chinese chestnut growing along the Rock Creek hiking trail near Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase. The tree, standing 75-80 feet tall, competes with native trees and flowers in the canopy. The Maryland Chapter hopes to use this pollen on American chestnuts in their orchards, which should result in Chinese-American hybrids with significant resistance to chestnut blight and phytophthora root rot, but without the short branch growth habit typical of Chinese chestnuts. We are grateful to Montgomery County Parks for their help and impressive climbing skills. We hope to continue working together to generate useful breeding material from this remarkable tree.Image attachmentImage attachment+6Image attachment

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The best way is to get involved with the Tennessee Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation!

Thank you for your efforts!

Where can I get chestnut trees to add to my woodlands located in NE Tennessee?

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