Hold the Date!
MA/RI-TACF Autumn 2021 Quarterly Meeting
Saturday, October 16th, 2021
Note: our annual meeting is currently planned for: 1st weekend in December, 2021.
MA/RI-TACF 2020 Annual Meeting — Video Recordings Available
Keynote: Sam Droege, USGS
Newly Discovered: A native bee that depends on Chestnuts: How Saving Chestnuts Saves Other Species
Sam Droege of the USGS will speak on Andrena rehni and other insect pollinators of chestnut. TACF orchards may begin to host populations of this bee and others, and understanding the relationship of chestnut to these insects may help restoration of chestnut — as well as its pollinators!
The Chestnut Bee! Andrena renhi
We appreciate the continued support of all our members, volunteers and collaborators as we work together to restore blight resistant American chestnut to MA and RI, as part of a regional effort. Each year the number of trees planted, nuts harvested and volunteers continues to grow!
- As of 2018 we have 6 Seed Orchards with another 2 in the plans for 2019.
- Our 2018 Harvest from our rogued BC3F2 Research Orchards produced well over 14,000 nuts!
In the News
Bristol Aggie students pot hundreds of orchard “replacements” yearly for almost a decade!
Photo taken by John Emery @ Weston Orchard
The MA/RI Chapter of TACF acknowledges that the TACF National Science Oversight Committee on November 11, 2016 approved the 3 BUR Proposal for Integrated Research. We further state that while being supportive of TACF’s mission to explore all options to restore the American chestnut tree, we remain committed to the backcross method of breeding that we have been working with since the founding of the chapter. The transgenic tree developed by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) researchers is in early testing status and under very strict Federal quarantine until an extensive deregulation process is completed and is therefore currently unavailable to our chapter. We will monitor the results of the most recent scientific developments and testing before making any determination of our level of involvement with transgenic breeding.