On December 10th, the Maryland Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation (MDTACF) came out to ThorpeWood for an orchard clean-up. Ron Kuipers and Bruce Levine of MDTACF led us ThorpeWoodians in the mission to remove dead trees from the area. With chainsaws humming, we made quick work of the project – leaving a total of 64 hybrid chestnut trees in the orchard.
Back in 1997 when this orchard was established, ThorpeWood planted 374 hybrid chestnut trees to help TACF scientists find a blight-resistant chestnut tree and to help introduce this tree to our local forests. Learn more about ThorpeWood’s chestnut orchard here.