Georgia Chapter

About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring about the restoration of the American chestnut tree as a prominent part of Georgia forests.

The Georgia Chapter was founded to bring about the restoration of the American chestnut tree as a prominent part of Georgia forests by assisting the national foundation in its propagation efforts, by promoting public awareness through education and by supporting the scientific research efforts of TACF directed at restoring American chestnuts.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President

Jack Rogers

Vice President

Kathy Patrick

Secretary

Zach Felix

Treasurer

Vince Payne

Tree Breeding/Preservation (Science Coordinator)

Dr. Caitlin Conn

Honorary Director

Mary Belle Price (posthumously)

Board Members

Tim Chesnut

Dr. Zach Felix

Dr. Scott Merkle

Ana Metaxas

Dr. Caitlin Conn

Taryn Heidel

David Keehn

David Green

Partnerships

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) and the Georgia Chapter (GaTACF) seek out partners that will not only help further its chestnut restoration program but also bring attention to the importance of the chestnut in American history. These partners include major universities, private foundations and businesses, as well as state and federal government agencies. With plantings at high-profile sites such as the Carter Center, Callaway Gardens Preserve, and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum Project, GaTACF has been able to attract significant support from many partners throughout Georgia.

Each of our partners offers a unique perspective on chestnut restoration and gives GaTACF the best possible opportunity to be successful in its efforts to bring the American chestnut back to the forests of Georgia.

Georgia TACF Partner Organizations

  • Atlanta History Center
  • Berry College
  • Bittersweet Gardens
  • Bottletree Bees
  • Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center
  • Carter Center
  • Charlane Plantation
  • Cloudland Vineyards
  • Dalton State College
  • Douglas County
  • Elachee Nature Science Center
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Georgia Governor’s Mansion
  • Georgia Piedmont Land Trust
  • Georgia State Botanical Garden
  • Kennesaw State University (Research Farm) 
  • Kistner Center
  • North Georgia Canopy Tours
  • Pettit Environmental Center
  • Rabun Gap Nacoochee School
  • Reinhardt University
  • Rising Fawn Gardens
  • Runnin’ Wild Farms
  • Smith-Gilbert Gardens
  • The Blueberry Farm
  • The Callaway Gardens Preserve
  • The Carter Center
  • Cherokee County Recreation & Parks
  • Sandy Creek Nature Center
  • The University of Georgia (UGA) Horticultural Farm
  • The UGA Mountain Research & Education Center (GMREC)
  • The UGA Warnell School of Forestry
  • The Southern Company (Georgia Power)
  • Toccoa Falls College
  • Trees Atlanta and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum
  • University of North Georgia
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S.D.A. Forest Service
  • Vogel State Park
  • Young Harris College

FOR OUTSTANDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT WE WISH TO THANK

  • Ailene Phillips Trust
  • Dr. Austin Flint
  • Berry College
  • Eleanor & Tom Ratchford
  • Georgia Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Georgia State Specialty Crops Grant
  • Lumpkin Coalition/Hemlockfest
  • Dr. Martin Cipollini & Kathryn Patrick
  • Mary Belle Price
  • Rome Rotary Clubs
  • Temple-Inland Foundation
  • Urban & Community Forestry Commission

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If you live anywhere near Blairsville GA, we want to give you a heads up about a planting event On Tuesday Feb. 14, we plan to plant 20 pure American chestnut seedlings at a new site at the UGA Mountain Research and Education Center (GMREC). We are looking for a few folks to help out (not hard at all) and to potentially help look after the seedlings occasionally after planting. GMREC has a staff and local volunteer group, but it's always nice to have our GA-TACF members and others involved in such things. In any case, if you think you could help out, please let us know at gachestnut@gmail.com and we will put you on our shortlist of volunteers for that site. The alternate date will be March 2. ... See MoreSee Less

If you live anywhere near Blairsville GA, we want to give you a heads up about a planting event  On Tuesday Feb. 14, we plan to plant 20 pure American chestnut seedlings at a new site at the UGA Mountain Research and Education Center (GMREC).  We are looking for a few folks to help out (not hard at all) and to potentially help look after the seedlings occasionally after planting.  GMREC has a staff and local volunteer group, but its always nice to have our GA-TACF members and others involved in such things.  In any case, if you think you could help out, please let us know at gachestnut@gmail.com and we will put you on our shortlist of volunteers for that site. The alternate date will be March 2.

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What time will you start? I live a couple of hours away and might not be able to make an early start (plus, with Georgia weather, it might decide to snow that day).

Volunteers needed at the Flint orchard in Waleska this Friday Jan. 13!

This is a short notice request. Our new chestnut planting at the Flint orchard has come under attack from wild hogs. Our existing deer fence was not up to the task, so we are going to add some more robust wire fencing. We need about three sturdy helpers to help install the wire. We will meet at 10AM at the work shed area and car pool to the orchard site. Directions are below. Bring gloves, a snack if desired, appropriate clothing and footwear for the orchard, it may be muddy. We'll provide water, materials, and tools. Please let me know if you are able to assist.
Jack Rogers
GATACF Chapter President gachestnut@gmail.com

Directions to the site (Austin Flint Farm):
From Waleska, GA, home of Reinhardt University.
1) Head north on Rt. 108 (Fincher Road).
2) In about ¾ mile, turn left onto Pleasant Arbor Road.
3) In a ¼ mile, turn right onto Puckett Road.
4) In another ¾ mile, turn left onto Noah Road (at a bend in the road).
5) In about 250 yds, stay left on Noah Road at a fork.
6) Continue downhill to cross a bridge over a small stream and bypass a small home on the left. Continue up the hill, look for a barn and some work sheds on the right. Volunteers and/or signage will direct you to the orchard location from that point.
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Dr. John French gives an on-the-spot lecture prior to the fence-fixing crew's work. Thanks so much for the help!! Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor.

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