American Chestnut Sustainability Germplasm Conservation Orchard Plantings
Summit Bechtel Reserve
Saturday, October 23, 2021
The West Virginia Chapter is seeking help planting American chestnut trees on Saturday, October 23rd at Germplasm Conservations orchards at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Volunteers are welcome to come for the day or campout for the weekend.
TACF is providing lunch for volunteers on Saturday. Volunteers should come prepared with appropriate work clothes and footwear for working in dirt. Volunteers are also asked to bring their own shovel, gloves, hat, suntan lotion, bug spray. Work will be divided between three orchard sites based on the number of volunteers.
Saturday Only Volunteers
Start Time: 9AM Saturday Morning
Meeting Place: New River Gorge National Park office parking lot. Volunteers will be met by a guide and caravan to the orchard locations.
Start Time: 4 PM Friday Afternoon, October 22nd.
Meeting Place: Gather in the parking lot of the New River Gorge National Park office in Glen Jean and caravan through Summit Bechtel Reserve to the campsite at the Summit of Summit.
Campers must bring their own camping gear, food, and water. Camping is primitive (no electric or water). Porta johns available.
Vehicles may drive and park at the campsite and campers should avoid unnecessary vehicle traffic in Summit
For more information or to volunteer please contact:
Treasurer WV Chapter TACF
Planting Day Schedule | Saturday, October 23rd
9:00 PM: Volunteers meet at Park office and caravan to orchard sites
9:30 AM: Work begins: Planting American chestnut saplings and making tree cages from wire fencing.
12:00 PM Noon: Cold cut sandwiches, fruit, and bottled water will be provided free by TACF for Saturday lunch
5:00 PM: Work may wrap up earlier depending on number of volunteers.
Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required.
YPT takes 30 minutes at https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/
Summit Bechtel Reserve is the High Adventure Base – National Boy Scout Camp of the Boy Scouts of America. YPT is required by the Boy Scouts for any volunteers who will be with scouts. YPT is good for two years and is very good training for anyone who will be working with youth of any organization. You do not have to join scouts to take the training. It is free but you do have to register with the Boy Scouts to take the training.