The Bur - NY chapter Newsletter

110 Moon Library
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210


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

Allen Nichols, President
302 Bateman Rd.
Laurens, NY 13796

Frank Munzer, Vice President

Fran Nichols, Treasurer
302 Bateman Rd.
Laurens, NY 13796

John Neumann, Secretary
7143 State Highway 206
Sidney Center, NY 13839

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 to the NY Chapter Biotech Tree Research program, please visit: Biotech Tree Research.

New York Chapter

The New York Chapter is searching for large surviving American chestnut trees in New York State to be "Mother trees" for restoration.

In an effort to introduce more wild pure American chestnut trees into the transgenic breeding program, the Chapter is now offering a reward for American chestnut trees found growing in the wild. For more information, please download the reward poster available here or contact Chapter president Allen Nichols.


New York Annual Fall Meeting

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Cornell University, Fernow Hall
226 Mann Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850 
Meeting: 8:00AM - 5:00 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM

Registration & Coffee begins at 8:00 AM and the meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

Meeting Registration: $10 for students / $20 for adults

Dinner at Joe's Restaurant: $35/person

Attendees should preregister to arrange for lunch and dinner. Please contact Allen Nichols at or 607-263-5105.

Click here to download the meeting schedule and registration form.


The Bur, New York Chapter Newsletter

Fall 2016: Click here to download.

Spring 2016: Click here to download.

Past issues of The Bur are archived at Penn State University. To access the archive, please click here.


External News Stories

"New genetically engineered American chestnut will help restore the decimated, iconic tree";; 1/19/2016

"Rebuilding our forests: Area man joins fight to bring back American chestnuts";; 8/7/2015

"A New Generation of American Chestnut Trees May Redefine America's Forests"; Scientific American; 3/1/14.

"Blight-resistant American chestnut trees take root at SUNY-ESF";; 11/6/14.

"Threatened American Chestnut May be Saved by Genetic Engineering"; 11/6/14.

"Unearthed: Thanks to science, we may see the rebirth of the American chestnut"; The Washinton Post; 11/20/14


President's Message

It is with great honor that I have been selected to the President’s position for the NY chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation.

The first thing I would like to do is express my appreciation to Herb Darling for having the foresight, expertise and dedication to start the NY chapter and for achieving his initial goal of developing a truly blight resistant American chestnut tree. To Herb and Jane, for all you have sacrificed and done for the last 25 years, on behalf of all the NY members, I want to thank you both.

Secondly, I would like to acknowledge and thank the families of former TACF-NY members who have passed on and did not get to see, “a truly blight resistant American chestnut”. Their loyalty and support helped to make this dream come true for us and our descendants.

Finally, I want to thank everyone that has helped us get to the milestone we are at now. All the present and past staff at SUNY-ESF, the NY members of TACF that have planted trees and collected nuts, and everyone that has contributed their support to the SUNY-ESF American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project are to be commended.

The next few years will be a great adventure, going through the deregulation process and getting ready for nut production and reforestation. There is still a great deal of work to be done but I have great confidence that we have the expertise and dedication to achieve our ultimate goal: The reintroduction of a blight resistant American chestnut tree back into the forest.

Allen Nichols
President TACF-NY


Regional Contact Information

If you would like to find out more about helping with
activities in your area, contact the New York district representative listed below.

Regional Map & District 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
Phone: (631) 661-4533 ~ FAX: (631) 581-7558

District 2 - New York City
Dale L. Travis
160 East 88th Street
New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 243-8373

District 3 - Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland,
Sullivan, Ulster, & Westchester Counties

Frank Munzer
70 LaSalle St. Apt. 4E
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (845) 605-4536

District 4 - Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselear, Schenectady, & Schoharie Counties
Allen Nichols
302 Bateman Rd.
Laurens, NY 13796
Phone: (607) 263-5105

District 5 - Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, & Washington Counties
Emmett Hoops
10 Payeville Ln.
Saranc Lake, NY
Phone: (518) 891-2296

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

Peter S. Pike Sr.
25579 E. Gotham Rd.
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 681-6117

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. Paul Ackerman 
6972 Aldridge Rd
Victor, NY 14564- 9339
Phone: (585) 924-5060

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

William A. Snyder
188 Bennington Rd.
Snyder, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 839-0096