The American Chestnut Foundation is pleased to invite the public to its 34th Annual Meeting in South Portland, Maine.

DATE/TIME:
Friday, October 6, 2017
12:30 pm – 9:00 pm

LOCATION:
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland Hotel
363 Maine Mall Road
South Portland, ME  04106
PH:  (207) 775-6161

This educational event provides a wonderful opportunity for scientists, conservationists, researchers, students, private landowners, citizen scientists, and industry professionals to share information and perspectives about American chestnut restoration. Three registration options are available – see below.


Full Registration – $115.00 (from 12:30 – 9:00 PM)

  • Lunch Program featuring George L. Jacobson, Professor Emeritus, University of Maine. “Post-glacial Distribution of the American Chestnut in Relation to Other Tree Taxa (and Climate)”
  • Concurrent Educational Sessions:  Orchard Management, Chestnut Ecology, and Genomics & Breeding
  • Poster Session/Social Hour (with cash bar)
  • Dinner & Awards Program (with cash bar) featuring Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Friday Day Pass Only – $65.00  (from 12:30 – 6:00 PM)

  • Lunch Program featuring George L. Jacobson, Professor Emeritus, University of Maine. “Post-glacial Distribution of the American Chestnut in Relation to Other Tree Taxa (and Climate)”
  • Concurrent Educational Sessions:  Orchard Management, Chestnut Ecology, and Genomics & Breeding
  • Poster Session/Social Hour (with cash bar)

Friday Awards Dinner Only – $50.00  (from 6:00 – 9:00 PM)

  • Includes Dinner & Awards Program (with cash bar) featuring Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: POSTER SESSION INFORMATION
Deadline for submissions is August 18, 2017. Click here for the full RFP.


Schedule of Events  (Subject to Change):

12:30 – 1:45 PM  Lunch featuring speaker George L. Jacobson, Professor Emeritus, University of Maine. “Post-glacial Distribution of the American Chestnut in Relation to Other Tree Taxa (and Climate)”   

George L. Jacobson is Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, and Climate Change at the University of Maine.  Since his arrival in Maine in 1979, Dr. Jacobson has been a member of the Climate Change Institute, and he was Director of the Institute for nearly a decade.  His scientific research has focused on long-term climate variability and specifically on forest responses to climate changes during the past 60,000 years.  Prof. Jacobson’s projects have included sites in North America, South America, and Europe.   Among other things, he has served as an outside advisor on climate to the European Science Foundation, and to the Finnish Academy of Sciences.  From 2008 to 2014, he had the honorary designation of Maine State Climatologist.

Professor Jacobson joined the faculty of the University of Maine in 1979 after three years working in the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., first as a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow and then as a staff scientist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  He was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, and earned a B.A. in 1968 from Carleton College, and a Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Minnesota.  From 1968-1970 he served as a medical specialist in the United States Army.

2:00 – 4:55 PM  CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS (35-minute sessions including 5-minute Q&A):

Orchard Management: Best Management Practices   Moderator:  Sara Fitzsimmons

  • 2:00 – 2:35 PM  Vegetation by Ron Lemin
  • 2:40 – 3:15 PM  Rodents & Deer by Sara Fitzsimmons
  • 3:20 – 3:35 PM  BREAK / REFRESHMENTS
  • 3:40 – 4:15 PM  Insects by Dr. Martin Cipollini
  • 4:20 – 4:55 PM  Partnerships & Outreach by Lois Melican

Chestnut Ecology   Moderator:  Kendra Collins

  • 2:00 – 2:35 PM  Progeny/Silviculture Trials by Jason Payne
  • 2:40 – 3:15 PM  Restoration Trials in Maine by Dr. Brian Roth
  • 3:20 – 3:35 PM  BREAK / REFRESHMENTS
  • 3:40 – 4:15 PM  Cold Tolerance by Dr. Paul Schaberg and Dr. Gary Hawley
  • 4:20 – 4:55 PM  Climate Change by Doug Jacobs

Genomics & Breeding   Moderator:  Ben Jarrett

  • 2:00 – 2:35 PM  Genomic Selection Explained by Dr. Jared Westbrook
  • 2:40 – 3:15 PM  Small Stem Assays by Thomas Saielli
  • 3:20 – 3:35 PM  BREAK / REFRESHMENTS
  • 3:40 – 4:15 PM  PRR Screening Trials by Dr. Paul Sisco
  • 4:20 – 4:55 PM  treeSnap (database) by Dr. Dana Nelson

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Poster Presentations/Social Hour (with cash bar)

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Dinner & Awards Program (with cash bar) featuring speaker Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Over the past two decades of practice, Thomas Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology. In 2011, Thomas was the second youngest designer to be invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, and in 2013 he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal magazine.

At present, Thomas is leading Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in the design of major public parks across the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand including the Aga Khan Garden, (Alberta, Canada), Cornwall Park (New Zealand) Mount Cuba Center (Delaware), Memorial Park (Houston, Texas), and Centennial Park (Nashville, Tennessee).