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2018 Spring Growers Meeting

The PA/NJ Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation will hold its Spring Growers Meeting on Saturday, April 14th.

RSVP Today!

Email Jean at mail@patacf.org or call 814-863-7192

Our meetings are open to the public but we do ask attendees to cover the cost of donuts/coffee and lunch. The Mont Alto Campus venue requires that we use the Penn State Campus services for coffee service and lunch.

Cost for attendance is based on this: $15 per person.

Where: Mont Alto Campus of Penn State University, located in south central Pennsylvania, between Chambersburg and Gettysburg.Attendees

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When: 8:30 am to 2:30

Tentative Program:

Strategies for Hunting American Chestnuts: unting American Chestnuts Longtime members, Dave Armstrong, Mike Aucott, and Mike Manes will share their strategies and experiences hunting American chestnuts in the wild.  We are highlighting their efforts to encourage others to join TACF in identifying and conserving  3000 new and unique sources of American chestnut; 250 of which will represent Pennsylvania and New Jersey — beyond the 200 sources  already conserved in our Chapter.

Tom Saielli, Mid-Atlantic Regional Science Coordinator —Phytophthora cinnamomi  and the American chestnut.  Tom will discuss the history and ecology of P. cinnamomi; and some strategies for managing  it in orchards. He will also discuss efforts to incorporate Phytophthora resistance into the TACF breeding program.

Dr. Beth Brantley, Associate Teaching Professor of Forestry at Mont Alto Campus,  will lead a walking tour of plantings at the Mont Alto Campus including:  the Mont Alto Demonstration Orchard, established in 2000 and a USDA Blight-Resistance Trial from 1937 in Michaux State Forest.

Mont Alto Campus is a living classroom for forestry adjacent to the historic Michaux State Forest. Michaux encompasses more than 85,500 and is considered Pennsylvania’s “cradle of forestry.”

Please RSVP by April 12, 2018

 mail@patacf.org or 814-863-7192

 

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