Mission of the Tennessee Chapter
Preservation and Breeding
A priority of the TN Chapter will be to find and record information
pertaining to surviving American Chestnut Trees in Tennessee,
particularly those that may be bearing nuts. Locating these mother
trees will be critical to ensuring that genes of TN American
Chestnut trees are included in the national breeding program
for reintroduction in TN. Breeding activities will involve pollination
of American Chestnut Trees in TN using pollen from blight-resistant
hybrids according to the breeding program of TACF. It will also
be the goal of the TN Chapter to preserve anecdotal information
from individuals who remember the American Chestnut in Tennessee
prior to and during the blight.
Education and Public Awareness
The TN Chapter will develop and support educational activities
including displays, demonstrations, and meetings to raise public
awareness of the TACF mission in Tennessee and to foster growth
in membership and fundraising for projects associated with the
reintroduction of the American Chestnut Tree to TN farms, forests,
parks, and yards.
Membership and Fundraising
How can you help bring back chestnuts? Become a member of the
TACF. Your membership fee of $40 will help support TACF efforts
to develop blight resistant trees at Meadowview Research Farm.
$15 of the fee is returned to the Tennessee Chapter for its breeding
work and programs.
There are lots of opportunities
to participate in Chapter activities. To find out more, contact
Chapter President, Greg Weaver at