Ninth Annual Meeting

Join us for our Ninth Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Vermont
Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee, Vermont. Coffee, water, and snacks
will be provided. Lunch is available for $12, pay at the door, cash or check, or bring your
own bag lunch. See for more about VINS.


9:30 – 10:00:  Registration and Coffee

10:00 – 10:15: Welcome, Elections* and Chapter Business

Yurij Bihun, VT/NH President

10:15 – 10:30 Chapter Breeding Program Updates

Gary Robertson, VT/NH Vice President

10:30 – 10:45 Chapter Strategic Plan: Update and Next Steps

Jim Talbot, VT/NH Secretary

10:45 –  11:00 Demonstration Planting Guidelines and Update on Activities

Doug McLane, VT/NH Board member and Curt Laffin, VT/NH Board member and volunteer

11:00 – 12:00 Keynote Address “American Chestnut: Looking to the Past to Guide Future Silviculture”

Mark Ducey, Ph.D. Program Coordinator for Forestry, Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Bring your own or purchase catered lunch for $12, cash or check.)

1:00 – 3:00 Board Meeting (members welcome). We will discuss spring planting plans, strategic planning, and other chapter business.

*Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee of Yurij Bihun, Marshal Case, and Janet Robertson will present the slate of officers and board members for election.  The current slate includes:

Officers: President – Yurij Bihun, Vice President – Gary Robertson, Treasurer – Daane Crook, and Secretary – Jim Talbot. Board Members: No new Board Members have been nominated. Additional nominations may be made from the floor.

If you are interested in learning about joining the VT/NH TACF Chapter, or general board membership, please contact Yurij Bihun at or (802)899-1249.

All attendees are welcome to explore the VINS exhibits after lunch and enjoy the live raptor program from 2:00 to 3:00, Raptors Up Close. There is a fee for the VINS program. See the VINS website, for more information.

Directions: VINS is at
6565 Woodstock Road/Route 4 in Quechee, Vermont. From I-89 take Exit 1 for US 4/
Woodstock/Quechee. Follow Route 4 west for about 3 miles. VINS is on the right.


Do you think you’ve found an American chestnut tree in Vermont or New Hampshire?

Please collect a leaf and twig sample, print a locator form and submit to:

Kendra Collins, TACF New England Regional Science Coordinator
USFS Northern Research Station, 705 Spear Street
South Burlington, VT 05403

Are you interested in hosting a chestnut orchard?

Please read the planting manual for more information about what is involved with growing chestnut trees. This manual was developed for Pennsylvania, but the considerations outlined are applicable to Vermont and New Hampshire as well.

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