Southern Hills meeting and tours

What: Southern Hills Annual Event (lunch, talks & tours)

When: Saturday, September 19th, 2015 from 11AM – 4PM

Where: Start at Skyline Drive Shelter in Jackson-Washington State Forest near Brownstown, IN. See below for directions.

Who: All IN TACF members and interested parties. CHILDREN ARE WELCOME!

Cost: $7 for lunch, or $50 includes a 1 year membership to American Chestnut Foundation

Schedule of Events:

11:00 AM Business meeting at Skyline Drive Shelter in Jackson-Washington State Forest (see map on reverse).

12:00 PM Lunch ($7).

1:00 PM Tour Vallonia Vallonia Nursery chestnut seedlings.

2:00 PM Tour Jackson-Washington Forest Planting.

3:00 PM Tour Salem High School chestnut orchard.

4:00 PM Optional – dinner at Christie’s Restaurant in Salem.

Click 2015_Flyer for a downloadable flyer with map.

Directions to Skyline Drive Shelter:

Go south on SR 250 from Brownstown, pass Jackson County Fairgrounds. Take next right onto County Road 100E, then right onto County Road 175S/Starved Hollow Rd. Proceed up the hill to shelter.

To Vallonia Nursery:
2782 West County Road 540 S
Vallonia, IN 47281

1. South on Starved Hollow Rd to junction with E County Road 340S, continue on Starved Hollow Rd as it bears right (west).
2. Turn left at S County Rd 275W. Turn right onto W County Rd 540 S, Vallonia will be on the right.

To Jackson Washington SF:
Go west on County Rd 540S to SR 135. Turn right (south). Meet at Monroe Church of Christ, 7785 SR 135, Plattsburg, IN 47167

To Salem High School:
700 North Harrison Street
Salem, IN 47167

Continue south on SR 135 to Salem. Turn right onto Homer St. Turn left onto Harrison St. If you reach SR 56, you have gone too far.

SIPAC Chestnut Workshop

What do you know about American chestnut?

When:  Tuesday, April 28th 2015 from 7PM – 8PM

Where:   Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center
12000 Purdue Farm Road
Dubois, IN 47527

What are we doing:  A workshop on the history, ecology and restoration of the American chestnut.  Please RSVP by April 17th to Ron Rathfon (812-678-5049 or

Note:  This event is also on the IN TACF Facebook page and you can RSVP there.

IN TACF Winter Business Meeting

When:  Saturday, January 31 at 11:30am

Where:  Pejza’s Lydick Tavern
26444 Edison Rd, South Bend, Indiana 46628

What are we doing:  We will be meeting, eating a polish lunch, conducting our business meeting and then touring a nearby planting of some stellar 8-year old American chestnuts.  Please RSVP to Ben Finegan.

Note:  This event is also on the IN TACF Facebook page and you can RSVP there.

Southern Indiana Branch is starting!

What:  1st meeting of the Southern Indiana Branch of TACF
When:  2 PM, Saturday Feb. 28th, 2015
Monroe County Public Library
Room 1C
303 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408
Anyone interested in helping to restore the American chestnut to Southern Indiana!

Spring plantings underway for the week of May 5th!

IN TACF will hit the road Tuesday, May 6th to get the Harrison Crawford (HCSF) and Jackson Washington (JWSF) Indiana State Forest chestnut progeny plantings installed.  A progeny planting is a test planting to see how well the Restoration trees survive in the wild.

We marked out and prepped each site last week.  We will load up the trees this afternoon and will have 4 trucks each with a trailer depart tomorrow morning.  We will plant HCSF first, arriving around 11:00 am and begin planting by noon.  We will begin fencing as well and will map it and spray with a preemergent before we complete the fence and then spend the night in Corydon.

On Wednesday, we will get to the JWSF by 8:00 am and do the same.  Hopefully, we will have that one planted, fenced, mapped, and sprayed and be ready to head home by 5:00 pm.

Interest parties should contact Ben Finegan for directions or more information.

Chestnuts come to Indiana State Forests

F2 orchardThe Indiana Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation will be planting Restoration 1.0 progeny tests in two of Indiana’s state forests.

What are Restoration 1.0 progeny tests, you ask?  “Restoration 1.0″ refers to the product of the past 30 years of backcross breeding.  A progeny test is an experiment which evaluates how well these trees perform in the wild on Indiana soils when exposed to competition from other plants, insect pests, diseases, etc.  We do some work to protect the planting from deer and try to give the trees a head start with some fertilizer and herbicide.