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.