Chestnut Chat Series

In these unprecedented times, we are finding new and productive ways to engage. TACF is excited to offer a live Chestnut Chat Series to keep you updated on our work, share stories, and offer participants a chance to ask questions. If you can’t make the live chats, all sessions are recorded and available on this webpage for viewing at anytime.

TACF’s final Chestnut Chat of the year will involve a panel of lead scientists from TACF and SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry who will answer your questions related to all things chestnut! For this particular session (December 11 at 11:30 AM), we ask that questions be submitted ahead of time. Click below for more details.

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Chestnut Chat 18: November 13, 2020

Topic: Scott Merkle, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, talks about the current status of research to develop scalable clonal propagation systems for American chestnut and hybrid chestnuts, including macro- and micropropagation systems.

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Chestnut Chat 17: Friday, October 30, 2020

Topic:  Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) has become the go-to method for detecting genetic variation (heritability) that affects the variation we observe in traits within a species. David Kainer, staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, explains how GWAS works and how to make sense of the results.

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GWAS 101 presented by David Kainer

Chestnut Chat 16: Friday, October 16, 2020

Topic:  Cool autumn weather invites warm seasonal dishes. In this session about cooking with chestnuts, you’ll hear about everything from best roasting methods to making delicious savory and sweet recipes.

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RECIPES:

PSA for HemlockFest 2020 (some proceeds benefit the GA-TACF Chapter)

Chestnut Chat 15: Friday, October 2, 2020

Topic:  Erin Lizotte, pest educator at Michigan State University, covers pests and pathogens that impact chestnut, and discusses issues that plague the trees and how to best manage them.

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Chestnut Integrated Pest Management – Erin Lizotte

 

Chestnut Chat 14: Friday, September 18, 2020

Topic:  Chestnut Harvest and Storage presented by Kendra Collins, TACF’s New England Regional Science Coordinator and Eric Jenkins, Meadowview Tree Breeding Coordinator.

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Chestnut Chat: Friday 13, September 4, 2020

Topic:  TACF and SUNY-ESF hosts a workshop on The Public Comment Period.

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Comment Period Closes on Monday, October 19, 2020

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Chestnut Chat 12: Friday, August 21, 2020

Topic:  Dr. Jeanne Romero-Severson presents a virtual workshop on Metabolomics 101.

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Metabolomics 101 – Jeanne’s presentation

Chestnut Chat 11: Friday, August 7, 2020

Topic:  USFS Research Forester Stacy Clark shares results from 10+ years of ground-breaking research involving large-scale forest reintroduction of American chestnut.

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Stacy Clark – Women in Science

Stacy Clark – USDA Staff Page

Chestnut Restoration and Reintroduction Plantings in Southern Appalachians

 

Chestnut Chat 9: Friday, July 10, 2020

Chestnut Chat 8: Friday, June 26, 2020

Topic: Using Drones to Benefit American Chestnut Restoration, featuring Alex Young of Dropcopter (a company that uses drones to pollinate crops), and TACF Chapter members Brian Clark and Clark Beebe who share their experiences using drones to locate and pollinate chestnut trees.

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American Chestnut Seed Orchard at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center, Ellicott City, MD

Chestnut Chat 7: Friday, June 12, 2020

Topic: TACF’s Mid-Atlantic and Southern Regional Science Coordinator Tom Saielli offers a workshop on finding and conserving American chestnuts in the wild.

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Finding American chestnuts handout

Identifying chestnuts

Tree Snap

HIS Models

  • Maine: https://mfst.acg.maine.edu/App/Dashboard?layout=1
    • Click layer button in upper right-hand corner. Scroll down and check “American Chestnut Habitat Suitability”.
    • For legend and data information, click “Data descriptions and legends” in upper left hand corner.
  • PA, NJ, VA, WV, and OH: https://arcg.is/18Oemv
    • Click blue button that says “Open in Map Viewer”
    • Need to wait a good long while for it to load. It’s a really big file.
    • If you get an orange button at the bottom (exclamation point in a triangle, refresh the page and see if it will load again).
  • More to come in the future including the entire native range and Kentucky.

Chestnut Chat 6: Friday, May 29, 2020

Topic: The Art of Grafting features Dr. Hill Craddock, TN-TACF Chapter President and Steve Hoy, Penn State Orchard Manager. Both will offer tips and discuss the successes and challenges of grafting.

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Grafting Supplies

Chestnut Chat 5: Friday, May 15, 2020

Topic: A conversation with Chuck Leavell, rock-n-roll keyboardist and chestnut enthusiast.

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American Forests with Chuck Leavell

Mother Nature Network

Charlane Plantation

Chestnut Chat 4: Friday, May 8, 2020

Chestnut Chat 2: Friday, April 24, 2020

Chestnut Chat 1: Friday, April 17, 2020