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  • Donations
    Links Donations are very much appreciated and are tax deductible To donate make out your check to MD TACF Mail the check to Ms Barbara B Knapp 21900 Davis Mill Road Germantown Md 20876 Thank You Home Chestnut Background News

    Original URL path: http://www.mdtacf.org/helpfiles/Donations.shtml (2016-04-30)
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  • Chestnut Story
    cash crop for many families in Appalachia Railroad cars full were shipped to the big cities for the holidays because of the high demand for this finest flavored of all chestnuts The tree was also one of the best for timber It grew straight and tall often branch free for 50 feet Loggers tell of loading entire railroad cars with boards cut from just one tree Straight grained lighter in weight than oak and more easily worked it was as rot resistant as redwood It was used for virtually everything telegraph poles railroad ties heavy construction shingles paneling fine furniture musical instruments even pulp and plywood Then the chestnut blight struck First discovered in 1904 in New York City the lethal fungus an Asian organism to which our native chestnuts had very little resistance spread quickly By 1950 except for the shrub like sprouts the species continually produces and which also usually become infected the American chestnut had virtually disappeared from eastern forests In Georgia trees that have survived the blight are few and far between While those that have survived are truly a beautiful sight to behold they are disappearing quickly Multiple efforts are underway to bring this precious tree back Recent developments in genetics and plant pathology promise that this magnificent tree will again become part of our natural heritage The American Chestnut Foundation www acf org was created to coordinate a breeding program for the purpose of creating blight resistant American chestnuts for eventual reforestation TACF scientists are well on their way to developing a tree that is American in every way with blight resistance borrowed from its Asian cousins Georgia is one of several states that now have satellite breeding programs to ensure that blight resistant trees will be suited to local environments Blight resistant seeds

    Original URL path: http://www.mdtacf.org/story.shtml (2016-04-30)
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  • Tree Identification
    and Chinese chestnut Penn State Tree ID Resources Trait Analysis Worksheet A T MEGA Transect American Chestnut Project Resources American Chestnut Tree I D Resources for Onscreen Viewing Booklet Version for printing 20 pp on 5 sheets both sides Pack Along Version for printing 8 double sided cards on 2 sheets of cardstock The above pdf files are based on materials from TACF Southern Appalachian Regional Science Coordinator Paul Sisco

    Original URL path: http://www.mdtacf.org/treeid.shtml (2016-04-30)
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  • Hypovirulence
    in 2007 with a hypovirus soup to treat blight cankers Outline for constructing hypovirulent C parasitica strains for tailored biocontrol of chestnut blight on individual trees prepared by Dr Donald L Nuss Protocol for treatment of Sugarloaf East Field Trees August 4 2007 Map of Sugarloaf East Field Trees treated August 4 2007 Mark Double s Blight Culture Photos Scientists Visit Sugarloaf Orchards March 2008 Blight Sampling from Champion American

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  • Mayfield Nut Grafting 2007
    If they grow you will have a clone of your scion wood tree that can be planted in a new location Carl Mayfield shown above is an expert on this method of propagation He graciously allowed us to take video at his nut grafting clinic last winter and he wrote out detailed instructions for every step of preparation and nurture which can be found here Instructions for nut grafting from

    Original URL path: http://www.mdtacf.org/grafting.shtml (2016-04-30)
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  • MDTACF News and Events
    Newsletter Maryland Chapter Events Calendar NPR radio broadcast Capital Gazette article 2012 Pollination report Video by Poolesville High School Students Maryland Environmental Trust newsletter Field and Stream video Gazette net Article Ambrosia Beetle Report Fort Detrick Planting The American Chestnut Foundation Calendar Washington Post chestnut article Maryland Chapter September 2010 Newsletter Fort Detrick Orchard Video American Forests article by Tom Horton Carroll County Times Hashawha Carroll County Times Hampstead SHA

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  • Volunteer - Orchard Care
    need to change plans We will send you driving directions to the orchard Please bring a container of water to drink Be sure to dress for the weather including protection from sun exposure and biting insects Although we mow the orchards exposure to poison ivy and other hazards of the natural world is a possibility Work gloves and your favorite tools may be helpful depending on the task Don t

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  • Identify American Chestnut Tree
    Print Tree Identification Form The MD TACF Tree Data Form has been adapted from the Pennsylvania Data Form to collect pertinent data on American chestnut trees growing in the wild and in orchards Use this form to collect information on American chestnut trees and forward it to Dr Gary Carver 3501 Big Woods Road Ijamsville MD 21754 How to Identify an American Chestnut Tree Links to Chestnut Tree Identification Resources

    Original URL path: http://www.mdtacf.org/helpfiles/findmdtree.shtml (2016-04-30)
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