The Bur - NY chapter Newsletter

Friday, Oct. 10th - Saturday, Oct. 11th, 2014

Oneonta Country Club
9 Country Club Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820
PH: (607) 432-9074



Learn about SUNY-ESF's work with NY-TACF and the progress made in the transgenic program to increase blight resistance in the American chestnut tree: SUNY-ESF's American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project

New York Contacts

Allen Nichols, President
302 Bateman Rd.
Laurens, NY 13796

Frank Munzer, Vice President

Fran Nichols, Treasurer
302 Bateman Rd.
Laurens, NY 13796

John Neumann, Secretary
7143 State Highway 206
Sidney Center, NY 13839

Proudly displaying the results of their harvest at the 2005 William White American chestnut planting in Zoar Valley, NY are TACF-NY members left to right, Tom Deacon, Doug Campbell, Herb Darling and Alrene and Stan Wirsig.

How You Can Help

Events include Spring Planting of nuts and seedlings, and Fall Harvesting of burs. Please contact your local District Director for events in your area. Nut exchange takes place on Friday night at the Annual Meeting.

We encourage people to look for wild American Chestnut trees. If you find one, send a sample in for verifications - information here: Note the exact location and measure diameter of tree trunk at breast height, and estimate height of tree.  Look for signs of blight and sprouts at the base of the tree.
After confirmation, gather nuts for the gene pool, keeping the true American Chestnut stock available for the future.

It is important to note that when you join The American Chestnut Foundation, you will automatically be enrolled as a member of the New York Chapter (if you live in the state) and $15.00 of your donation will go directly to the chapter.

If you would like to make additional contributions to support one or all three of the chapter's programs, please send your check to:

The American Chestnut Foundation
50 North Merrimon Avenue, Suite 115
Asheville, NC 28801

Please include a note indicating that your gift is for the NY Chapter or write "For NY Chapter" in the memo portion of your check.

To donate online to the NY Chapter Biotech Tree Research program, please visit: Biotech Tree Research.


How-To Bulletins:

Planting and Growing Chestnuts: Best Management Practices for Reintroducing Chestnut to Your Property

Growing Chestnuts - A Guide to the Basics

New York Chapter

Current News

"A New Generation of American Chestnut Trees May Redefine America's Forests"; Scientific American; 3/1/14.

"Blight-resistant American chestnut trees take root at SUNY-ESF";; 11/6/14.

"Threatened American Chestnut May be Saved by Genetic Engineering"; 11/6/14.

"Unearthed: Thanks to science, we may see the rebirth of the American chestnut"; The Washinton Post; 11/20/14

To download current and past issues of the New York Chapter newsletter, The Bur, click HERE.


President's Message

It is with great honor that I have been selected to the President’s position for the NY chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation.

The first thing I would like to do is express my appreciation to Herb Darling for having the foresight, expertise and dedication to start the NY chapter and for achieving his initial goal of developing a truly blight resistant American chestnut tree. To Herb and Jane, for all you have sacrificed and done for the last 25 years, on behalf of all the NY members, I want to thank you both.

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

Finally, I want to thank everyone that has helped us get to the milestone we are at now. All the present and past staff at SUNY-ESF, the NY members of TACF that have planted trees and collected nuts, and everyone that has contributed their support to the SUNY-ESF American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project are to be commended.

The next few years will be a great adventure, going through the deregulation process and getting ready for nut production and reforestation. 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 resistant American chestnut tree back into the forest.

Allen Nichols
President TACF-NY

If you would like to find out more about helping with
activities in your area, contact the New York district representative listed below.

New York Regional Contacts

NY Districts District 1 district 2 district 3 district 4 district 7 district 8 district 6 district 5

District 1 - Nassau & Suffolk Counties
Enrico Nardone
Seatuck Environmental
P.O. Box 31, Islip, NY 11751
H: 631-661-4533 ~ FAX: 631-581-7558

District 2 - New York City
Dale L. Travis
160 East 88th Street
New York, NY 10128

District 3 - Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland,
Sullivan, Ulster, & Westchester Counties

Frank Munzer
70 LaSalle St.
New York, NY 10027
845-266-5138 email:

District 4 - Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery,
Otsego, Rensselear, Schenectady, & Schoharie Counties

Allen Nichols
302 Bateman Rd.
Laurens, NY 13796

District 5 - Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton,
Saratoga, Warren, & Washington Counties

VACANT - Volunteer Needed, Call Herb Darling

District 6 - Jefferson, Herkimer, Lewis, Onieda,
& St. Lawrence Counties

T. Ulring Walker
1170 Ives St.
Watertown, NY 13601
H: 315-782-3153 W: 315-782-0320

District 7 - Broome, Cayuga, Chenago, Cortland, Madison,
Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, & Tompkins Counties

Roy Hopke
271 County Road #9
Chenango Forks, NY 13746
Home/Office: 607-648-5512
Fax: 607-648-4573

District 8 - Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario,
Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Stueben, Wayne, & Yates Counties

Mr. Alec D. Newlands
122 Danbury Circle N
Rochester, NY 14618-2718
Phone: (585) 242-8578

District 9 - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqu, Erie,
Niagra, & Wyoming Counties

William A. Snyder
188 Bennington Rd.
Snyder, NY 14226