Seeking Volunteers for Workday at Codorus State Park F2 Orchard

2016 Intern Marlin Graham helping with inoculations at PSU Chestnut Orchard

NEEDED: 6 – 10 volunteers to join us for inoculations at the Codorus State Park F2 orchard

WHEN: Friday, July 10th 

WHERE: Cordorus State Park in Southern York County, Pennsylvania

 Codorus State Park Orchards Map 2019  We will park at the parking area labeled in this map, then walk approximately 0.25 (1/4) miles uphill to the orchard location.

CONTACT: Sara Fitzsimmons: e-mail:  sff3@psu.edu

Description of Work:

You are welcome to join us for most or part of the day to assist with inoculations. You do not have to be available the entire time if you can’t do it. Even just a couple of hours will help.

We hope to have 2 teams of 4-5 people each. The individual tasks include:

    1. Optional: Data recorder and tree marker – outlining where the holes will be / are made
    2. Spraying a tree with 70% alcohol then punching 2 holes in the stem of the tree
    3. Putting a weak strain of blight fungus into the upper hole
    4. Putting a strong strain of blight fungus in to the lower hole
    5. QA/QC – Taping the inoculum-filled holes with masking tape and ensuring the process was completed appropriately.

Physical Requirements: Because we will be working within the bottom 3 feet of the trees, be aware that most of these jobs require squats, bending over, deep-knee bends, walking on knees, and/or skootching on bottoms. There are approximately 300 trees to inoculate, so if we can have 2 teams, each team will have about 150 trees to complete.

COVID Precautions: In light of the ongoing pandemic, and although we will be outside, we will work to ensure everyone is staying more than 6’ apart while also encouraging the use of masks. The trees are planted 3’ apart, so we will be sure everyone keeps 2 trees between them and the next person to ensure proper spatial distancing while working.

For more information on the inoculating process, here is a link to an artcle from the TACF Chestnut Journal, Summer 2015_Inoculation.

If you think you can help out, please let me know and I’ll put together a mailing list for everyone to keep on touch about the day’s activities.

Thank You!

Sara Fern Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration – TACF®