The American Chestnut Foundation 30th Annual Meeting
October 18-20, 2013
Hyatt Dulles, Herndon, VA

Over the past 30 years, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) has helped to revive and energize efforts to restore the American chestnut, bringing this important issue to the forefront of conservation.

Our 30th Annual Meeting in Herndon, Virginia honored our past while also looking ahead to the immense undertaking of restoring this once-dominant tree species to the forest.

View the video below to see the photo slide show presented at the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner. You can also review meeting presentations here.


Watch TACF's 30th Anniversary Slide Show


30th Annual Meeting Presentations

General Session

Different Tools, One Goal: A Transgenic Approach to Blight Resistance

Dr. William Powell, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Landscapes Give Back

Holly Shimizu, US Botanical Garden



The Next 30 Years

Bryan Burhans, The American Chestnut Foundation


Saturday Session 1


West Salem Update/Hypovirulence in Wisconsin

Dr. William MacDonald, WV University and Dr. Anita Baines, University of WI, LaCrosse


Chestnut Research at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Dr. Sandra Anagnostakis, CT Agricultural Experiment Station

Saturday Session 2

Saturday Session 3

Workshop: Chestnut Leaf Inoculations

Andy Newhouse, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Workshop: Monitoring and Control of Ambrosia Beetles in Chestnut Orchards

Dr. Martin Cipollini, Berry College


Saturday Session 4

Restoration of The American Chestnut

Dr. Steven Rogstad, University of Cincinnati

Next Generation of American Chestnut Advocates

Betty Gatewood, Shenandoah National Park

Collaborative Efforts to Restore the Benefits of Healthy Public Forests

Dr. Christopher Topik, The Nature Conservancy

Sunday Session 1

Fungal Interactions and Their Influence on Establishing American Chestnut Seedlings in Ohio Coal Mine Reclaimation

Dr. Jenise Bauman, Miami University, Oxford, OH


Hypovirulence in Michigan Hybrid Chestnut Orchards

Dr. Joshua Springer, Michigan State University


Sunday Session 2


The Cultivated Varieties of Chestnut

Dr. J. Hill Craddock, University of TN at Chattanooga


Chestnut as a Global Food Source

Dr. Dennis Fulbright, Michigan State University


American Chestnut and Nut Production

Dr. Brian McCarthy, Ohio University

Poster Session

Poster Session Abstracts can be downloaded here

For research posters from TACF staff scientists, visit