Summer Outreach Volunteer Days

New Outreach Event
ECO Event at Codorus State Park
York County
Friday, June 17 – 4 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, June 18 – 10 am to 9 pm
Sign up to volunteer today!


PSU Ag Progress Days 2022

Centre County
Tues., Wed., and Thurs., Aug. 9-11
Penn State University’s – Russell E. Larson Research Center
2710 W. Pine Grove Rd., Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865
Sign up to volunteer today! 

Summer Project | Work from Home
American Chestnut Activity Sheet

 Forest restoration is a multigenerational mission. It is critical that we educate the public about the history of this native tree, its significant role in our forest ecosystem, and our progress to restore it. We have some decent materials for adults but we want to do more to connect with children if we want to ensure three is the next generation to take up the work. We are seeking guidance from professional educators to develop targeted activities for a children’s activity sheet. We want to start with a 2-sided 8 by14 sheet with activities for a variety of ages. Once we have content we will seek assistance from graphic artists to create an attractive layout. 

We can work on this remotely over email and zoom as needed.
If you are interested please contact Jean: mail@patacf.org | 814-863-7192

Orchard Volunteer Days — June

Light Orchard Maintenance In Berks County 
Tentative Date: 6/3/22 at 9:30 am
Near Wernersville in Berks County

Rick Hartlieb is organizing a volunteer day to do light maintenance on a 2019 planting of seedlings planted in short tubes. Volunteers will help inventory surviving trees, and replace the short tubes with 60″ plantra tubes to protect them from deer browse. Surviving trees will also be released by cutting 10′ circles of competing saplings.

Close to the parking area, the site is relatively flat, with uneven terrain (rocks and down trees) and dense vegetation of young trees and shrubs.

Volunteer Parking: Huntzinger Rd. in Wernersville
https://elibrary.dcnr.pa.gov/GetDocument?docId=1753242&DocName=dcnr_20031117.pdf

To Volunteer or Learn More: Rick Hartlieb | rhartlieb@pa.gov


Seeking Volunteers for Seedling Inoculations

Raystown Orchard
DATE: Monday, June 6th (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
LOCATION: Raystown Backcross Orchard near Entriken, PA
TASK: Inoculate ~600 seedlings.
RAIN DATE: Thursday, June 9th (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Orchard at the Penn State Arboretum
DATE: Thursday, June 16th  & Friday, June 17th
LOCATION: Orchard at the Penn State Arboretum, University Park, PA
TASK: Inoculate ~2,000 seedlings
RAIN DATE: Monday, June 20th and Tuesday, June 21st

 Contact Hoy to Volunteer: sdh177@psu.edu | (814) 424-0022

Volunteers Rock Spring Outreach!

Many thanks to our dedicated outreach volunteers who shared the story of the American chestnut with attendees of the Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival, the Core Creek State Park Earth Day Event in Langhorne, PA, and the Central PA Native Plant Festival in Boalsburg, PA

volunteers

Joni Arrington
John T. Arrington
Tim Eck

Judy Milliken
David Deaville
Steve Delp

  • David Deaville at the Core Creek Park Earth Day Event

New Outreach and Data Analysis Intern

Hi, my name is Dylan Longale and I am proud to be the new 2022 Outreach and Data Analysis intern for the PA/NJ chapter of TACF. I am currently a rising senior at Penn State University studying Forestry and look forward to getting a lot done for TACF this summer. I will be traveling around Pennsylvania and visiting different orchards to collect/update data.

I also look forward to working with many members and orchard managers throughout my travels. I will be sharing updates of my journey this summer on Instagram if you would like to follow along @dylan_tacf_outreachintern.

From left: 2022 Orchard Intern John Buckley and myself, organizing chestnut seedlings by progeny and planting position in the greenhouse at Penn State.

3,000 Chestnuts Planted!

Many thanks to the 29 volunteers who joined Tim Eck at the LCSWMA Orchard on April 23rd to plant American chestnuts. There were several steps used in this planting. As voles were a concern on this site vole guards had to be inserted into the soil and seeds placed inside the tubes. Little hands came in handy for this task.

TACF Chestnut Chats on Hold!

TACF has postponed the upcoming May 20th chat and placed future chats on hold due to staffing shortages. Thank you for your patience.

Back in 2020 when gatherings started getting canceled, TACF established the Chestnut Chat Series as a monthly get-together online so members and others could keep talking and learning about our restoration mission. Over the past two years, they have drawn dedicated followers with regular attendance of 100 or more. We hope they will be back soon.

Recordings and resources from past Chats are available online. Just follow the link below:

Chestnut Chat Recordings and Resources