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Annual Meeting of the New York State Chapter of the American Chestnut FoundationOctober 20-21, 2017

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Agenda (Download a .PDF of the Agenda)

Time Title
Friday, October 20, 2017 @ Genesee Grande
6:00 PM

Dinner on your own

Meet in hotel lobby to discuss dining options

7:30-10:00 PM

Harvest Exchange

Informal gathering in the Concierge Lounge

Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ Nifkin Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall, SUNY-ESF
8:00-9:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast: Sign up to become a member or renew membership.

Silent Auction & 50/50 Raffle are all day until 4:45pm

9:00 Welcome & President's Report by Allen Nichols
9:15 Annual Meeting Minutes – John Neumann
9:20 Treasure's Report by Fran Nichols
9:30 Election of Officers and Board – John Neumann, Nominating Committee Chair

District Director's Reports:New York State Districts

District 1         Enrico Nardone

District 2         Dale Travis

District 3         Frank Munzer

District 4         Allen Nichols

District 5         Emmett Hoops

District 6         Peter Pike

District 7         Roy Hopke

District 8         Paul Ackerman

District 9         William Snyder



10:00 Coffee, tea, and Roasted Chestnut Break
10:30 Science Reports - SUNY-ESF Staff & Students

10:30 Introductions – Dr. Bill Powell

10:35 Using CRISPR in American Chestnut – Eric Carlson

10:55 Chestnut Pollen Collection – Hannah Pilkey

11:15 Effects of Transgenic Chestnut Leaves on Tadpoles – Andy Newhouse

11:40 What's Next – Dr. Bill Powell

12:00 PM Lunch Nifkin Alumni Lounge, Basement of Marshall Hall

Lunchtime Speaker: Neil Patterson, Center for Native Peoples


Field Trips:

  • Illick Hall – Greenhouses & High light growth chamber
  • Lafayette Road Experiment Station – Chestnut Plantings

Session 1 (choose A or B)

A – Bee Pollen on SEM – Dakota Matthews

  • Observe bee pollen on a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

B – Tree Snap – Linda McGuigan

  • Learn how to use TreeSnap (an app used to document
    American chestnuts in the wild)

Session 2 (choose A or B)

A – Planting Mother Tree Orchards – Allen Nichols

B – Brainstorming – John Dougherty

  • Brainstorm activities and resources needed for a possible 2019
    release date of the blight resistant transgenic American chestnut
4:45 Announce Winners of 50:50 & Silent Auction
5:00 Afternoon session closes
6:30 Dinner – Empire Farm Brewery
33 Rippleton Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
315-655-BEER (2337)
After Dinner Closing Remarks, Allen Nichols, President, TACF-NY



Registration & Meal Fees
Registration Type
Chestnut Exchange Free
Registration Fee
Dinner Reservation


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