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So you want to plant some chestnuts?

So you want to plant some chestnuts?

We're happy to be hearing from so many folks like you who are interested in planting chestnuts on their property.  We’ve received a lot of requests for chestnut seedlings and that’s good news, since it indicates a high level of interest in restoring American chestnut...

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Georgia Chapter Activities Summer 2021

Georgia Chapter Activities Summer 2021

GA-TACF members and other chestnut enthusiasts, We just wanted to give a quick update on some of the activities going on in our chestnut breeding and disease resistance program.  Many of you have expressed interest in volunteering, and very soon we will have some...

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GA-TACF Annual Membership Meeting 2021

GA-TACF Annual Membership Meeting 2021

Please join our Annual Georgia Chapter Member Meeting on May 22, 2021, 10 am – 12 noon (via Zoom; details and URL at the bottom of this page) Our special invited speaker will be Dr. Donald Davis, founding GA-TACF chapter president and author of the upcoming book "The...

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Chestnut Grafting at Berry College

Chestnut Grafting at Berry College

On Wednesday, April 8, 2021, GA-TACF volunteers initiated a third year of grafting attempts as part of our American chestnut gene conservation program.  This phase of the work took place at the Berry College nursery.  Scion material was collected in Jan-March from 15...

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Georgia Chapter Request for Volunteer Roles

Georgia Chapter Request for Volunteer Roles

GA-TACF members, collaborators, and other “chestnut” people! For many years, the Georgia chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation has relied on our general membership primarily for volunteer work in the field (pollinations, harvests, plantings, orchard care). But...

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More Chestnut Seedlings for the Roy Richards Seed Orchard!

More Chestnut Seedlings for the Roy Richards Seed Orchard!

The weather was fantastic (~50 degrees and sunny) for our chestnut planting at the Roy Richards “Southern Road” seed orchard this past Saturday!  We want to thank everyone who participated for the enthusiastic help (see list below).  Altogether, we added ~115 hybrid...

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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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