Hunting American Chestnuts

Strategies for Hunting American Chestnuts at the  Spring Growers Meeting — Saturday, April 14th — RSVP Today: or 814-863-7192


Above: Mike Manes. Photo credit: Above: Mike Manes_photo credit

Above: Mike Manes_photo credit

We are excited to be featuring three of our most devoted American chestnut hunters at this year’s Spring Growers Meeting. In a session we are calling Strategies for Hunting American Chestnuts, longtime members, Dave Armstrong, Mike Aucott, and Mike Manes will share their strategies and experiences searching for American chestnuts in the wilds of Pennsylvania and New Jersey,  along with some of their most exciting discoveries. They’ll also review the process for how to get new discoveries added to our Dentatabase (TACF’s database of American chestnut and related species).



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We hope that you will join us at our meeting and become part of this effort.

Our meeting is 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. Google Map.

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General Studies Building Auditorium (Parking behind this building).

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When: 8:30 am to 2:30


Meeting Program

8:30 am  to 9:15 am Coffee Social with Donuts

9:15 am to 9:30 am Welcome by Board President

9:30 am to 10:45 am   Strategies for Hunting American Chestnuts: Hunting 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.

10:45 am to 11:00 am Morning Break

11:00 am to 12:00 pm 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.

12:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm 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 or 814-863-7192