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

***REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!***

__________  2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER  __________

THOMAS L. WOLTZ

Thomas Woltz is the owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. He was named the Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine in 2013. In 2011, he was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors achieved in the profession.

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
*Discounted group rate available*

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.

__________  REGISTRATION OPTIONS  __________

***REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!***

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

  • Lunch Program featuring Dr. 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 Dr. 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

REGISTER HERE


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: POSTER SESSION INFORMATION
Deadline for submissions was September 8, 2017. Click here for full RFP.


__________ SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE  __________

Friday, October 6th

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

Dr. 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:  Kendra Collins

  • 2:00 – 2:35 PM  Vegetation by Ron Lemin
  • 2:40 – 3:15 PM  Rodents & Deer by Kendra Collins
  • 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:  Sara Fitzsimmons

  • 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 Gary Hawley
  • 4:20 – 4:55 PM  Climate Change by Dr. Douglass Jacobs

Genomics & Breeding   Moderator:  Ben Jarrett

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


__________ ADDITIONAL EVENT __________

Saturday, October 7th
Chestnut Restoration Tour. There is limited seating and the cost is $50.00 per person, box lunch included. Buses will leave from the hotel and tour different local chestnut orchards.

RESERVE SEAT FOR TOUR HERE