The Tenth Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Conservation Center (SPNHF) in Concord, New Hampshire. Dr. Jared Westbrook, The American Chestnut Foundation’s Director of Science will be the keynote speaker and his topic is “Restoration of American Chestnut: A Marriage of Breeding and Biotechnology.”
The Nominating Committee will present the slate of officers and board members for election, all to be elected to three-year terms. Additional nominations may be made from the floor.
Current board members up for re-election: Terry Gulick, Douglas McLane, and J.P. Powers.
New board members up for election : William Coder, Gary Hawley, and Curt Laffin.
Coffee, water, and pastries will be provided. Lunch is available for $12 (pay at the door, cash or check) or bring your own bag lunch.
Directions: SPNHF is at 54 Portsmouth Street in East Concord, NH. From I-93 take Exit 16, Rt. 132. At the roundabout take the first right and follow Rt. 132. Go 0.3 mile to Portsmouth Street, turn right, go a short distance, and watch for the SPNHF Conservation Center sign on your left. Plan to arrive around 9:30 a.m. Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.
After the Annual Meeting and lunch we will drive about five miles to the McLane Audubon Center to see the chestnut trees in the Educational Planting installed in 2016 as a TACF/NH Audubon partnership project. Following that, the VT/NH Board of Directors will conduct its quarterly meeting. All members are invited to attend. NH Audubon has generously provided a room for the Board meeting.
If you are interested in learning about joining the VT/NH TACF Chapter, or general board membership, please contact Yurij Bihun at email@example.com or (802)899-1249.
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.
An educational planting is an opportunity for host organizations to partner with TACF. TACF will provide an appropriate number of Possibly Blight Resistant Chestnuts (generally five or six) for the host to plant in highly visible locations. The host agrees to join TACF and install interpretive signs. The benefit to the host is a living educational addition to ongoing programs. This outreach activity is a membership-building and volunteer recruitment strategy for TACF.
Planting Guidelines include:
1) Site requirements
2) Planting Instructions
3) Host Responsibilities
4) TACF Responsibilities