TACF-NY 2012 ANNUAL MEETING
Friday, October 26th - Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Learn about SUNY-ESF's work with NY-TACF and the progress made in the transgenic program to increase blight resistance in the Aemrican chestnut tree: SUNY-ESF's American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project
New York Contacts
Herbert F.Darling, President
131 California Dr.
Williamsville, NY 14221
Frank Munzer , Vice President
Richard R. Radel, Secretary/Treasurer
Proudly displaying the results of their harvest at the 2005 William White American chestnut planting in Zoar Valley, NY are TACF-NY members left to right, Tom Deacon, Doug Campbell, Herb Darling and Alrene and Stan Wirsig.
How You Can Help
Events include Spring Planting of nuts and seedlings, and Fall Harvesting of burs. Please contact your local District Director for events in your area. Nut exchange takes place on Friday night at the Annual Meeting.
We encourage people to look for wild American Chestnut trees. If you find one, send a sample in for verifications - information here: http://acf.org/find_a_tree.php. Note the exact location and measure diameter of tree trunk at breast height, and estimate height of tree. Look for signs of blight and sprouts at the base of the tree.
After confirmation, gather nuts for the gene pool, keeping the true American Chestnut stock available for the future.
It is important to note that when you join The American Chestnut Foundation, you will automatically be enrolled as a member of the New York Chapter (if you live in the state) and $15.00 of your donation will go directly to the chapter.
If you would like to make additional contributions to support one or all three of the chapter's programs, please send your check to:
The American Chestnut Foundation
160 Zillicoa Street, Suite D
Asheville, NC 28801
Please include a note indicating that your gift is for the NY Chapter or write "For NY Chapter" in the memo portion of your check. To donate online, please visit: www.acf.org/donate.php
New York Chapter
Download a PDF of the latest issue of the New York Chapter's newsletter:
The Bur Summer 2012 issue
An archive of The Bur can be found HERE
On April 18, 2012, test trees produced by the NY State American Chestnut Research & Restoration Program at SUNY-ESF were planted at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY. For more information download the full announcement .
Video of Chestnut Planting--June 17, 2010 - Volunteers planting bio-engineered American Chestnut Trees at the William W. White American Chestnut Plantation
Presidents MessageThis year’s annual meeting will be held in Syracuse NY and promises to be very exciting. Dr. Maynard, Dr. Powell and their staff will update us on their “Really Big Deals.” An aggressive strain of the blight was tested on a Chinese chestnut tree and a specific transgenic tree. The resulting cankers are as small as, or possibly even a little smaller than on the Chinese chestnut control. “WOW!”
Dale Travis will report on the plantings at the New York Botanical Gardens. In addition there will be reports on the plantings at the eight locations in NY. I look forward to seeing as many of you who can make this celebration meeting.
As we enter the final phase of our testing of all the new
constructs for blight resistance being formed at ESF Syracuse, it will be necessary for TACFNY to fund this phase entitled “Getting Events in the Ground and Tested.” A grant request has been received from ESF Syracuse in the amount of $213,916. This is for a three year period starting in August 2012 and running thru July 2015. The TACFNY Executive Committee will address this challenge shortly and once again we will go to the membership an supporters of TACFNY’s program to raise these funds. It is hard to believe we have spent 20 years of planning and hard work to get to this stage.
Long Live the American Chestnut!
Herbert F. Darling, Jr.President, TACF-NY
If you would like to find out more about helping with
activities in your area, contact the New York district representative listed below.
New York Regional Contacts
District 1 - Nassau & Suffolk Counties
P.O. Box 31, Islip, NY 11751
H: 631-661-4533 ~ FAX: 631-581-7558
District 2 - New York City
Dale L. Travis
160 East 88th Street
New York, NY 10128
District 3 - Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland,
Sullivan, Ulster, & Westchester Counties
32 Anderson Rd.
Clinton Corners, NY 12514
845-266-5138 email: email@example.com
District 4 - Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery,
Otsego, Rensselear, Schenectady, & Schoharie Counties
302 Bateman Rd.
Laurens, NY 13796
District 7 - Broome, Cayuga, Chenago, Cortland, Madison,
Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, & Tompkins Counties
271 County Road #9
Chenango Forks, NY 13746
District 8 - Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario,
Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Stueben, Wayne, & Yates Counties
Mr. Alec D. Newlands
122 Danbury Circle N
Rochester, NY 14618-2718
Phone: (585) 242-8578