The Bur - NY chapter Newsletter

Friday, Oct. 10th - Saturday, Oct. 11th, 2014

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9 Country Club Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820
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Learn about SUNY-ESF's work with NY-TACF and the progress made in the transgenic program to increase blight resistance in the American chestnut tree: SUNY-ESF's American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project

New York Contacts

Herbert F.Darling, President
TACF-NY Headquarters
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: 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
50 North Merrimon Avenue, Suite 115
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:

How-To Bulletins:

Planting and Growing Chestnuts: Best Management Practices for Reintroducing Chestnut to Your Property

Growing Chestnuts - A Guide to the Basics

New York Chapter


Download a PDF of the latest issue of the New York Chapter's newsletter:
The Bur Summer 2013 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 .

"Future of American chestnut takes root by Zoar Valley with bioengineered trees" -, 8/21/10

"Plantings Of The Future" - Olean Times Herald, 6/18/2010

Video of Chestnut Planting--June 17, 2010 - Volunteers planting bio-engineered American Chestnut Trees at the William W. White American Chestnut Plantation

"Groups team up in American chestnut restoration efforts" - New York Outdoor News, 7/10/09

President's Message

It will have been four years this October since TACF accepted TACFNY’s gene transfer program as part of the National effort to restore the timber type American Chestnut. Under the capable leadership of Chairman of the TACF Science Cabinet Dr. Kim Steiner and John Dougherty, a member of the Cabinet, the gene transfer program is now part of the National program. For the first time all methods of introducing resistance to the blight are being examined by qualified scientists from all over the United States, giving TACF a complete attack on the disease.

Long Live the American Chestnut!

Herbert F. Darling, Jr.
President TACFNY

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

NY Districts District 1 district 2 district 3 district 4 district 7 district 8 district 6 district 5

District 1 - Nassau & Suffolk Counties
Enrico Nardone
Seatuck Environmental
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

Frank Munzer
70 LaSalle St.
New York, NY 10027
845-266-5138 email:

District 4 - Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery,
Otsego, Rensselear, Schenectady, & Schoharie Counties

Allen Nichols
302 Bateman Rd.
Laurens, NY 13796

District 5 - Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton,
Saratoga, Warren, & Washington Counties

VACANT - Volunteer Needed, Call Herb Darling

District 6 - Jefferson, Herkimer, Lewis, Onieda,
& St. Lawrence Counties

T. Ulring Walker
1170 Ives St.
Watertown, NY 13601
H: 315-782-3153 W: 315-782-0320

District 7 - Broome, Cayuga, Chenago, Cortland, Madison,
Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, & Tompkins Counties

Roy Hopke
271 County Road #9
Chenango Forks, NY 13746
Home/Office: 607-648-5512
Fax: 607-648-4573

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

District 9 - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqu, Erie,
Niagra, & Wyoming Counties

William A. Snyder
188 Bennington Rd.
Snyder, NY 14226