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Indiana Annual Meeting – 40th Anniversary Party

January 20 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Indiana Annual Meeting & 40th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, January 20, 2024, 8:30am – 5pm
John S. Wright Forestry Center, Martell Forest
1007 N 725 W.

West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

The Indiana Chapter of TACF is hosting our annual meeting plus a little celebration for TACF’s 40th anniversary! Please join us for a day of science talks, chapter business, and a tour of the trees at the Martell Forest (weather dependent). We’d love to meet you and talk trees in person!

Event Info

We will provide a catered lunch.  Please consider making a donation of $20 to the Indiana Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation (IN-TACF) if you can to cover lunch and drinks (cash or checks).  You can also sign up and pay for a new or renewing membership at the meeting.

How to attend

If you are attending in person:
please RSVP to Catherine Martini at catherine.martini@tacf.org by 1/15/24.

If you are attending remotely:

Zoom info:
Meeting ID: 884 8371 9337
Passcode: 1904
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88483719337?pwd=V0NNTWpLYkdMZEdtK2ZlNFNsSm5WUT09

What to See

Martell Forest is the site of the IN-TACF’s American chestnut OxO breeding.  We will present the results we have thus far and discuss where we are headed next.  Weather permitting, we will lead a tour of our OxO crosses in the field to highlight the pitfalls and the potential of the transgenic American chestnut. Transport is available for those needing assistance on the field tours. This is our meeting where we discuss new projects and elect our officers. Finally, thanks to Walt Beineke and Caleb Kell, we will have a unique opportunity at the conclusion of the meeting to see exactly how we collect scionwood from large wild trees in the woods.


Time Activity
8:30 AM Registration – J.S. Wright Center
9:00 Welcome – President’s address and brief introductions
9:30 Current OxO Information –Indiana and National staff / officers
10:00 Field Tour – Indiana ‘D54 OxO’ crosses / Grafted American Conservation Orchard
11:15 Where do we go with OxO now? – National / Indiana staff and Officers
12:00 LunchEddie Joe’s, West Point – Salad & BBQ
1:00 Business meeting:  Chapter updates, treasury report, volunteers, and elections
1:30 Current American Chestnut Germplasm Conservation Orchards in Indiana:  Purdue HTIRC operational breeding update
2:30 Discussion:  Everyone – New and ongoing projects for 2024
3:30 Field Scionwood Collection Demonstration – Thanks to several partners, we have a demonstration of scionwood collection from isolated large forest trees just ½ a mile south of Martell. Folks can drive here and depart for home or return to the Wright Center.
5:00 Adjourn



January 20
8:30 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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Catherine Martini


John S. Wright Center
1007 North 725 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906 United States
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