Do you know anyone interested in American chestnut and the current work to restore this important species to CT? Please spread the word that the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) will hold our annual meeting in partnership with Trinity College in Hartford on Saturday March 6th.
Lynne Rieske-Kinney notified us that due to illness she will be unable to attend. We wish Lynne speedy recovery and hope we can reschedule soon! We still have a great program scheduled. We're allocating Lynne's presentation time amongst TACF Regional Science Coordinator Kendra Gurney, TACF President\CEO Bryan Burhans, and Dr. Tom Kubisiak! Tom was thrilled to get more time as he had the results of new research he wanted to share – which of course would take more time. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The meeting is free and open to all, however an RSVP is requested for planning purposes. The meeting includes presentations by USFS Molecular Geneticist Dr. Tom Kubisiak, and entomologist Dr. Lynne Rieske-Kinney of the Univ. of Kentucky. In addition, TACF President Bryan Burhans will attend to speak about TACF's ambitious new restoration plans. In all, the meeting will provide a great snap-shot of where we are, in terms of American chestnut restoration, and where we are going. Plus, this will be a great venue to meet local TACF members who are actively participating in this effort and learn how to get involved! More details are found at the Chapter's web-site or on the printable brochure.
The program includes the lectures, sessions on chestnut identification, 2 hours of CT Forestry\Arborist CEUs for those that qualify, lunch, and a tour of the Watkinson Library special rare-book collection at Trinity … with a special exhibit produced especially for this event. RSVP Kendra Gurney at 802.951.6771 x1350 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is restoration of the American chestnut tree to its native range within the woodlands of the eastern United States, using a scientific research and breeding program developed by its founders. TACF is restoring a species – and in the process, creating a template for restoration of other tree and plant species. We harvested our first potentially blight-resistant nuts in 2005, and the Foundation hopes to begin reforestation trials with blight-resistant American-type trees before the end of this decade, using sound ecological principles.
Director, The American Chestnut Foundation