CT Chapter Annual Meeting (Nov 11th)

Once again another great Annual Meeting planned for Saturday November 11th. We hope you?ll attend and bring a friend. If you do plan on attending, please RSVP with an e-mail to rsvp@ctacf.org!

The Program Schedule

9:30am Opening Reception

10:00am Into – Dr. Phil Arnold

10:15am Dr. Sandra Anagnostakis

11:15am Dr. Charles Maynard

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Leila Pinchot

1:30pm Dr.Chad Oliver

2:00pm Dr. Ann Camp

2:30pm Coffee Break

3:00pm Gayle Kida

3:30pm CT-TACF Business

4:00pm Chestnut ID Lab

Dr. Sandra Anagnostakis

Sandra was born in Coffeyville, Kansas and attended college at the University of California at Riverside, where she received a Bachelor?s degree in the spring of 1961. In graduate study at the University of Texas at Austin, she worked with C. J. Alexopoulos in mycology. After receiving a Master?s degree in Botany she joined the staff of CAES in the Department of Genetics (1966). She completed her Doctor of Agronomy degree at Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, West Germany in 1985, working with Professor J. Kranz.
Sandra has worked on the genetics of various fungi, including those that cause corn smut disease and Dutch elm disease. She has been working on chestnut blight disease (caused by Cryphonectria parasitica) since 1968. Current work includes studies of the ecology of the blight fungus and its control by hypovirulence, and studies of virulence in the fungus and resistance in the trees.

Topic: History of Chestnut Restoration in Connecticut

Dr. Chadwick Oliver

Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Director, Yale Global Institue of Sustainable Forestry. Chad, is a renowned expert in the fields of forest stand dynamics and landscape management, and sustainable forestry. He is an internationally known silviculturalist, noted for his understanding of both the dynamics of forest processes and the interactions of human societies and forests.

Topic: Climate Change and Chestnut

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Maynard

Professor and Director of the American Chestnut research and Restoration Center, SUNY-ESF. Chuck Maynard received his BS in Forest Management, M.S in Forest Biology, and PhD in Forest Biology with an emphasis on Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement, all from Iowa State University. Chuck has been with the College of Environmental Science and Forestry since 1980. He has been working with Dr. William Powell since 1987 on the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project. ?Bill designs the genes and I put them in.?
Topic: Chuck will be talking about designing genes for sustainable blight resistance, transferring those genes into chestnut cells and regenerating whole plants, moving from the laboratory to greenhouse and field trials, status of the first two transgenic chestnut trees to be planted in the field, and how backcross breeding project and the genetic engineering project can compliment each other.

Dr. Ann Camp

Dr. Camp is interested in the dynamics of mixed species stands and the variables driving vegetation patterns at different hierarchical scales. Results of her research on sustainable patterns of late-successional and old forest habitats in fire-regulated landscapes have been widely incorporated in dry forest management and restoration efforts in the inland Northwest. Her research includes effects of biotic and abiotic disturbances on vegetation patterns at stand and landscape scales; interactions among disturbance agents and vegetation patterns, especially the roles of insects and pathogens in creating forest structures important to wildlife; and management alternatives for dense, marginally economic stands of small-diameter trees and consequences of different management practices on ancillary forest resources.

Topic: Reintroducing Chestnut to the Forest

Driving Directions

The meeting is at Sage Hall, 205 Prospect Street, New Haven. From I-91 North or South Take exit #3/Trumbull Street onto Trumbull Street – go 0.9 mi. Turn Right on Prospect Street – go 0.2 mi Arrive at 205 Prospect Street, New Haven, on the Right.


There is on-street parking near Sage Hall, and the Yale Parking Lots are available for Parking on weekends without charge. The Yale Skating Rink (the Yale Whale) is located on Prospect Street, directly opposite Sage Hall, with significant parking.

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Bill Adamsen is a member of the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Board of Directors. He served as Chapter President for eight years.

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