PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 206 Forest Resources Laboratory % Ann Leffel University Park PA 16802 USA

Mission: To restore the American chestnut to the forests and woodlands of PA and the mid-Atlantic states.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The people who work and volunteer for this organization are some of the most dedicated I have ever met. I am proud to be a member, and to be able to contribute something towards the restoration of an American icon. I am a forester by profession, so I have a very good understanding of the importance of the work that PA-TACF is doing to restore the American Chestnut to the forests of the eastern U.S.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visiting some of the Chestnut orchards that they have established, one at the Moshannon State Forest and one at Penn State Ag Progress Days site.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If monies were available to modernize facilities and allow more research, things could be improved and moved forward at a much accelerated pace.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the progress they are making towards the goal of restoring the American Chestnut to our forests.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Honest, genuinely friendly and very helpful folks.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Shorten the time required to get Chestnuts back into the forest by 20 years.

Ways to make it better...

I had a locally based group to work with, and I had more time to volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Future funding and volunteer labor. This effort needs to be sustained for probably another 50 years, and it is difficult to keep things going for that length of time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Getting the chestnut back into the forest is important, but we should make sure that every effort is made to insure that the trees are the best they can be before they are released for wholesale distribution.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

An amazing organization with a tremendous volunteer foundation. Perhaps one of the most important scientific endeavors in all of natural resources.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

suggest more food and drinks at events.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's mission.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, knowledgeable, and down-to-earth.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

ensure that this important work could continue in perpetuity.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the long-term nature of their project.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love chestnuts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Began our volunteering by pollenating and collecting nuts as part of the backcross breeding program. Presented programs to woodland owners, watershed groups, OSM/ARRI, college forestry students,Kiwanis, Rotary and other community groups. Have planted and are nurturing 1000 trees in the TACF breeding program. Have found the organization to be challenging and rewarding in our lives. Has expended our circle of stimulating friends, who have active interest in improving our ecosystem.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

real, on-the-earth work to heal our challenged ecosystem with people who know that a society grows great when they plant trees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

We recently spoke about PATACF at the Montgomery School as part of their Earth Day celebration. PATACF supplied all the presentation needs including a neat DVD. Beginning in 2004, PATACF has provided seeds, seedlings, and advice to us for planting and caring for Chestnut trees on the Westtown School campus. Now we are excited to see how some of the new Restoration Chestnut trees will do here.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Caring for trees given to us by PATACF Speaking for them at two public events within the year. They supplied the materials.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting other people who share the interest in restoring the American Chestnut to our forests. The professionalism of the leaders.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Smart, helpful, enthusiastic, and well prepared.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be able to move faster at the restoration project.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I look forward to working with the staff and other volunteers every year at the Pa. State Farm Show. They are all totally dedicated to restoring the once predominant tree of the appalachians back to it's former glory. They are also the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. In addition to all the economic and aesthetic reasons for restoring this great tree, being a very fast growing tree, it processes more than its share of CO2 gas, thus reducing our carbon footprint more than most trees. Please recognize the dedication and resolve of this great organization in striving to defeat the chestnut blight fungus which has nearly driven one of our noblest trees to extinction. They will welcome anyone who is willing to help their cause in any way. Come join the fight and know that our children and grandchildren, to say nothing of future generations of wildlife, will reap the benefits of your efforts.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that through volunteering with them I've learned so much about the history and value of the American Chestnut Tree. I love our mountains and forests, and can only imagine what they will be like when the American Chestnut is once again restored.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

thank God for the privilege and pray for the wisdom and guidance to allow me to structure the organization in such a way that the fruition of the ultimate goal will be accomplished with godspeed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the vast amount of knowledge I've gained from having the privilege of associating with, and learning from these dedicated staff members and other volunteers, and from the volumes of literature they produce and provide.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

above all, dedicated to their objective and willing to share their vast knowledge about the American Chestnut Tree, its value, history, and their dream for its future.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

vastly speed up the fulfillment of their objective-to restore the American Chestnut to its original range. It takes a lot of money for the intensive research, as well as the equipment and labor to undertake such an enormous project.

Ways to make it better...

I had joined at a younger age. I regret not having been a part of this effort from its beginning. But far better late than never. Don't make the same mistake I did. Join and volunteer now.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

right now, probably funding. When the economy is hurting, I think non-profit organizations like this are one of the first to get hit in the pocketbook.

One thing I'd also say is that...

although I'm 70, and never got to see the appalachians filled with American Chestnut trees except for some regenerating, but doomed, root sprouts, and some grey ghosts(dead weathered remains), I believe my future descendants will. Thanks PATACF.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the organization for over 2 years. The staff and volunteers are an eclectic group of folks who are passionate about bringing the American Chestnut tree back from the brink of extinction. Volunteers can do so much to help this effort; and youo get back so much more than you give. Few non-profits can say that a volunteer's efforts will last for hundreds of years, but it is certainly true of this organization. If existing efforts are successful, the legacy will be trees that live and reproduce long past our lifetimes. It will be good for the environment, wildlife, and humanity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to be a part of a larger effort to improve the planet and to return a grand tree to our nation that helped my grandparents and great-grandparents survive in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The loss of the American Chestnut from its native range (centered on the Appalachians) has been called one of the greatest ecological disasters to hit North America since the Ice Age. If you want to get involved with an eco-organization with enthusiastic volunteers, one that promises to make a positive ecological impact far beyond the trees themselves, and whose support is completely non-governmental, this is your organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its breeding farm in southwest VA, just off I-81

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The Pennsylvania Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, and its parent organiztion, The American Chestnut Foundation, is primarily run by very dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers. The scientists and regional coordinators who work with this organization, both on a national and state level, make sure that all work is done professionally and SCIENTIFICALLY. The wonderful American chestnut tree species will DEFINITLY be returned to our nation's eastern forests thanks to this/these super, top-notch organization(s)!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to "bring back to life" a formerly neglected American chestnut orchard and see the fantastic results of doing this. Benefits have included pollination hosts and pollination material, as well as thousands of seeds to contribute to the overall prog

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

A wonderful organization run primarily by some of the most dedicated and fascinating volunteers one will ever meet. It can be difficult to promote a species without fur, that doesn't move, and can't "put on a show". Still, the charismatic story of the chestnut provides an excellent opportunity to introduce other issue of sustainable forestry and other practices. Generally, as long as a one-on-one personal contact can be made w/ prospective volunteers and members, they quickly become a member of a much larger family interested in several other greater sustainability concerns.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the people. People and their enthusiasm and creativity are what drives this organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly kind, helpful, and diverse.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Did you know the PA Chapter of the American Chestnut foundation reported more than 7,695 volunteer hours during 2009? That's alot of people and time dedicated to restoring the American chestnut to the forests. Many of the chapter's members have been with the organization since the early 90s, quietly planting trees, so future generations can enjoy this magnificent species! Check out their website at www.patacf.org for more information.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the time and dedication of its volunteers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wide range of people I've mt associated with PA-TACF

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Restore the American chestnut tree to the forests and woodlands of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic, becoming a model of restoration for other decimated species.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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