Join us on Saturday April 6th for the Annual Meeting of the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation at the Rockfall Foundation's deKoven House in Middletown, CT. We will have two great presenters in the morning and an afternoon field trip ? we hope you'll mark your calendar and join us! If you plan to attend, you MUST RSVP by calling Kendra Gurney at 802.951.6771 x1350 or sending her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been approved to offer qualified attendees 2.5 CEU hours of credit in the following licensing categories: Forest Pest Management (category 2), Arborist (category 3D) and Demonstration and Research (category 10). Submission forms and sign-up will be available at the meeting. For further information please contact email@example.com.
Topic: Reintroducing American Chestnut to the Northeast – Some Thoughts
Leila Pinchot is a Research Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Milford, PA. She will discuss early results from an American chestnut reintroduction study on the Milford Experimental Forest in eastern Pennsylvania, in the context of reintroducing chestnut to private forestlands in the Northeast. She will also briefly discuss two upcoming chestnut reintroduction studies she is developing.
Leila received her Ph.D. in Natural Resources from The University of Tennessee, her Masters of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and her B.A. from Oberlin College. She has worked on American chestnut restoration research and outreach in various capacities over the past ten years.
For more information about our speaker, visit the Pinchot Institute for Conservation's web-site.
Topic: The History of American Chestnut Restoration Research at Great Mountain Forest and What Recovery of the Species Might Mean for CT Forests
Starling Childs is a is a private forestry consultant with the firm of EECOS Ecological Consultants (EECOS), and also serves as the President of the Great Mountain Forest Corporation (GMF), a private operating foundation in Norfolk, CT, established for forestry research and education. He will speak about the early history and unsuccessful efforts to establish out-plantings of chestnut at GMF, as well as the more recent establishment of a CT-TACF chestnut orchard on a part of the property. In addition, he will discuss the important niches that chestnut once provided in the southern New England forest ecosystem and what the eventual recovery of this species might mean for the sustainable future of our forests.
Star received a BS in Geology and Natural Resources from Yale College and a Masters in Forest Science from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has maintained a lifelong association with Yale's forestry and environmental students and faculty who continue to visit GMF every year in order to navigate and discover the mysteries and intricacies of Connecticut's forested landscapes.
The presentations will immediately follow a short annual business meeting where we will run Officer and Board Member elections. Members are encouraged to attend.
9:30am Opening Reception
10:00am Annual Business Meeting and Elections
10:30am Introduction and Speakers
12:00pm Lunch (Attendees MUST RSVP)
1:00pm Tour of Middletown Orchard
2:30pm Expected close of Meeting
The program is free to both members and non-members, as is lunch for those who advance register. To advance register e-mail to indicate your interest in attending.
We thank the Rockfall Foundation for providing the venue for the presentations.