New York Chapter

President’s Message

Hopefully, sometime in 2023, our truly blight-tolerant (i.e. resistant) American chestnut trees will be approved for distribution (pending decisions by federal regulators). At that time, we will have permission to distribute seedlings, pollen, or scions for grafting.

Many of our members have “mother” trees, which are flowering and ready to produce blight-tolerant offspring. All that is needed is the blight-tolerant material to cross with their mother trees. Anyone who does not have a mother tree and is interested in receiving one can contact me. I will do my best to supply you with nuts for planting.

As soon as blight-tolerant trees or pollen have approval for distribution, we would like them to be crossed with a variety of wild-type trees. It will increase the genetic diversity of the trees we restore to the forest. Your mother trees will help us achieve this goal. We are also looking for wild American chestnut trees to incorporate into our New York breeding program. If you know of one, please contact us. Additionally, you can input data for the tree in an app called TreeSnap.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the families of former NY-TACF members who have passed on and did not get to see “a truly blight-resistant American chestnut”. Their loyalty and support have helped make this dream come true for both us and our descendants.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has helped get us to our current milestone: all the past and present staff at SUNY ESF, the New York State members of TACF who have planted trees and collected nuts, and everyone who has contributed to the SUNY ESF American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project. They are all to be commended.

The next several years will be a great adventure once we have government approval to distribute blight-tolerant material. People will be able to plant blight-tolerant seedlings in their mother tree orchards, which hopefully will cross-pollinate and produce blight-tolerant nuts. But we will also be able to distribute blight-tolerant pollen to people who already have flowering trees. By hand-pollinating, people may be able to produce blight-tolerant nuts by the fall of 2023; if we get government approval soon enough to hand pollinate.

There is still a great deal of work to be done but I have great confidence that we have the expertise and dedication to achieve our ultimate goal: The reintroduction of a blight-tolerant American chestnut tree back into the forest.

Allen Nichols
President NY-TACF
NYChapter@acf.org

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Have you ever seen a chestnut rowing down the river? Well, now's your chance, as Florian Carle, CT Chapter Secretary, spent last fall rowing in regattas all around the Northeast in a boat decorated with our friend Charlie Chestnut!

You can read Florian's story online in JL Athletics jlathletics.com/blogs/the-launch/two-passions-on-a-single-charlie-the-rowing-chestnut

If you're a member of TACF, you'll get to read a similar story and enjoy all of the incredible photos of this chestnut rowing triumph in the winter edition of our magazine.

Thanks, Florian!
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Have you ever seen a chestnut rowing down the river? Well, nows your chance, as Florian Carle, CT Chapter Secretary, spent last fall rowing in regattas all around the Northeast in a boat decorated with our friend Charlie Chestnut! 

You can read Florians story online in JL Athletics https://jlathletics.com/blogs/the-launch/two-passions-on-a-single-charlie-the-rowing-chestnut

If youre a member of TACF, youll get to read a similar story and enjoy all of the incredible photos of this chestnut rowing triumph in the winter edition of our magazine. 

Thanks, Florian!

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Boy oh boy, the algorithm is spot on for me today! My dad has long supported TACF, even taking my son on a road trip there to learn about blight. (Dad, MI- son, VA) It was quite an excursion for them but my dad thought it was very important for him to learn. I have just started rowing this past year (only indoor on an erg, I have yet to make it on the water). So your story married my family's interests. Great job on both your rowing adventures as well as promoting The American Chestnut Foundation . What a great story. And the boat looks sharp!!!

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Were pretty sure American chestnuts have some deep thoughts.

Welcome to TACF Pets! We'd like to introduce you to some fabulous animals whose humans happen to work for The American Chestnut Foundation (we're known for our excellent head scratches).

This is Jazmine, otherwise known as Jaz or Jazzy J, age 14. She lives with Jamie, TACF's Southern Regional Science Coordinator, and loves to accompany Jamie on her chestnut-related work trips. She's a frequent visitor to the TACF office in Asheville, where you can usually find her in Jamie's lap.

When Jamie isn't busy giving Jaz snuggles, she's directing and supporting chapter science programs, including activities such as pollination, harvest and seed collection, seed storage and distribution, planting site selection, directing
the planting and maintenance of chestnut trees, and inoculating and selecting trees.

Keep on the lookout for the other pets of TACF!
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Welcome to TACF Pets! Wed like to introduce you to some fabulous animals whose humans happen to work for The American Chestnut Foundation (were known for our excellent head scratches). 

This is Jazmine, otherwise known as Jaz or Jazzy J, age 14. She lives with Jamie, TACFs Southern Regional Science Coordinator, and loves to accompany Jamie on her chestnut-related work trips. Shes a frequent visitor to the TACF office in Asheville, where you can usually find her in Jamies lap. 

When Jamie isnt busy giving Jaz snuggles, shes directing and supporting chapter science programs, including activities such as pollination, harvest and seed collection, seed storage and distribution, planting site selection, directing
the planting and maintenance of chestnut trees, and inoculating and selecting trees.

Keep on the lookout for the other pets of TACF!Image attachmentImage attachment

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What I want to know is does Jazzy J like to eat chestnuts like my Bucky did

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is hiring! We're seeking a highly organized full-time Operations Specialist. The Operations Specialist is the face of TACF and is the first point of contact for all visitors to the national office in Asheville. They will balance a variety of responsibilities and must possess a high degree of flexibility, professional attitude, and initiative. The ideal candidate will understand a nonprofit environment and have a strong commitment to service.

Applications close at 12:00PM on March 22, 2024. Please visit the employment page for a complete job description and additional details. tacf.org/employment/
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The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is hiring! Were seeking a highly organized full-time Operations Specialist. The Operations Specialist is the face of TACF and is the first point of contact for all visitors to the national office in Asheville. They will balance a variety of responsibilities and must possess a high degree of flexibility, professional attitude, and initiative. The ideal candidate will understand a nonprofit environment and have a strong commitment to service.

Applications close at 12:00PM on March 22, 2024. Please visit the employment page for a complete job description and additional details. https://tacf.org/employment/

Who's up for a roadtrip? If you live in the New England region there are a couple great opportunities to connect with a state chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation this weekend!

The CT-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Hartford Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, CT Feb 22-25 (tacf.org/event/tacf-at-the-hartford-flower-and-garden-show/)

And the ME-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer, ME on Saturday, Feb 24 (tacf.org/event/cabin-fever-reliever/).

Find more events near you on the TACF Events Calendar! tacf.org/events
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Whos up for a roadtrip? If you live in the New England region there are a couple great opportunities to connect with a state chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation this weekend!

The CT-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Hartford Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, CT Feb 22-25 (https://tacf.org/event/tacf-at-the-hartford-flower-and-garden-show/)

And the ME-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer, ME on Saturday, Feb 24 (https://tacf.org/event/cabin-fever-reliever/). 

Find more events near you on the TACF Events Calendar! https://tacf.org/events
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