The Bur Newsletter

In the latest issue of The Bur:

 Helen Chase remembers her late father, Dr. Sherret S. Chase
 Dale Travis discusses an American chestnut planting at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, NY
 District Directors report what’s happening around New York State
 Students from ESF give updates on their research.


Pollination Workshop

ESF’s American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project discussed their outcrossing plan, as well as how to pre-bag female flowers, how they collect transgenic Darling 58 pollen, what to do when pollen is received, how to perform controlled pollinations, and how to protect nuts from animals during a virtual pollination workshop.

The workshop, beginning with a 20 minute video, can be view through TACF’s Chestnut Chat Series event listing.


The Village Chestnut Tree Podcast

All across North America and Europe, trees are under mortal threat. In The Village Chestnut Tree podcast, Emmett Hoops discusses American chestnuts and what’s being done to save them.

Latest Episode: October News

The Chestnut Tree Video

Produced by the Templeton Foundation, one of our donors.


Fundraising Campaign Raises Over $100,000

In the spring of 2019, we launched a NY State Chapter campaign to raise $75,000. Our chapter’s board of directors had approved $50,452 to honor a request from SUNY-ESF’s American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project, to staff and “gear up” field and greenhouse operations in order to increase the number of transgenic Darling trees (the world’s first blight-tolerant American chestnuts) being grown for distribution. Through the generous gifts of many of our members and friends, we are proud to announce that we have raised over $100,000.  Our sincere thanks to all who have contributed! Your love for the American chestnut, your commitment to science guided research, and your financial support, ensures that its restoration in our forests, will succeed.

Anyone still wishing to contribute can make out a check to NY-TACF, and mail it to:
NY-TACF Treasurer Fran Nichols
302 Bateman Road
Laurens, NY 13796

If you wish to contribute by credit card, you may use the Transgenic American Chestnut Research: ‘Darling 58’ link.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at, or give me a call at 607-263-5105.

Sincerely yours,
Allen Nichols, NY-TACF President

American Chestnut Seed Engraving

Sergey Jivetin creates elaborate engravings on the shells of seeds, including a series carved on American chestnut seeds depicting TACF’s American chestnut restoration efforts. On the first image below, the lower right-hand nut illustrates the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project’s insertion of the Oxalate Oxidase gene into the American chestnut genome. The second image is a larger representation of that nut. To see more of Sergey Jivetin’s work, check out his website, Furrow Seed Engraving Project.



Latest News

The Demise and Potential Revival of the American Chestnut

Before a disastrous blight, the American chestnut was a keystone species in eastern forests. Could genetic engineering help bring it back? “In the 1990s, William Powell, a professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, who’d been contracted by the state’s chapter of TACF to help solve the chestnut puzzle, […]

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Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back the American Chestnut?

The [American chestnut] tree helped build industrial America before disease wiped out an estimated three billion or more of them. To revive their lost glory, we may need to embrace tinkering with nature. Read the full story at New York Times Magazine

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