Annual Meeting of the New York State Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation
October 16-17, 2015
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


To make your room reservations, call the Hotel Skyler at (315) 476-4212 and ask for “American Chestnut Conference Room Block”. Reservations must be made prior to September 28, 2015 to receive the rate of $96 per night. This includes standard accommodations with either one king bed or two queen beds, as well as an upscale, hot artisanal style breakfast each morning.

Hotel Skyler
601 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
Tel: 315-476-4212 (Hotel)


Past Meetings



New York Chapter
Fran Nichols, NY Chapter Treasurer
302 Bateman Rd
Laurens, NY 13796
Phone: 607-263-5105


Registration & Meal Fees
Registration Type
Chestnut Exchange Free
Registration Fee (before October 1, 2015)
Dinner Reservation
  • Registration Form (Please see payment instructions and mailing address on the bottom of the form.)



Time Title
Friday, October 16, 2015 @ Hotel Skyler
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 Hotel Skyler Lobby

Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 110 Moon Library, 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
9:20 Treasure's Report by Fran Nichols
9:30 Election of the Board - Richard R. Radel

District Director's Reports:

District 1         Enrico Nardone

District 2         Dale Travis

District 3         Frank Munzer

District 4         Allen Nichols

District 5         Emmett Hoops

District 6         Urling Walker

District 7         Roy Hopke

District 8         Alec Newlands

District 9         William Snyder



10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Science Reports -Drs. Maynard & Powell and Staff
12:00 PM Lunch

25th Anniversary Candlelight Observance
of Reflection and Rededication

We will light symbolic candles to commemorate the American chestnut, the founding of TACF, the vision of our New York Chapter founders 25 years ago, memorialize dedicated members who have passed away by reciting their names individually, celebrate our productive partnership with SUNY-ESF and the success of our transgenic blight resistant American chestnut, and rededicate ourselves to the task ahead.


Field Trips:

  • New Illick Hall Greenhouse
  • New Chestnut Lab at the Central New York Biotech Accelerator (BAC)

Session 1 (choose A or B)

A – Oxalate Oxidase Assay – Dakota Matthews

Learn how to identify transgenic American chestnut trees containing the OxO gene by using this simple test. Easy to use in the field.

B – Options Beyond Two Tree Orchards – Allen Nichols

  • Grafting onto large wild "mother" trees.
  • Planting isolated blight resistant trees and pollinating them with pollen from multiple wild trees.
  • Removing catkins/pollen from "mother" trees if more than one planted/orchard.
  • The next step, planting the nuts.



Session 2 (choose A or B)

A – Site and Soil Prep – Tyler Desmarais

Learn how to prepare the site and soil before planting “mother” trees. This is also applicable for the eventual release of our transgenic trees.

B – Cooking with Chestnuts – Kristen Stewart

As the title suggests, you will learn different ways to cook with chestnuts.

4:45 Announce Winners of 50:50 & Silent Auction
5:00 Afternoon session closes
6:00 The Rosamond Gifford Zoo -- Visit indoor areas of the Zoo
7:00 Dinner at The Rosamond Gifford Zoo, featuring the "Birds of Prey" demonstration
After Dinner Closing Remarks



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