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Restoring the American Chestnut

Annual Meeting of the American Chestnut Foundation, New York State Chapter

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


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, 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 - 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
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The American Chestnut Foundation NYS Chapter Annual Meeting is hosted by theESF Open Academy

The ESF Open Academy is an academic unit that encompasses the College's online education programs, summer semester, professional and public education, and visiting student support. 

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