You are invited to join the PA/NJ Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation for our Spring Growers Meeting. Come to learn and to socialize with chestnut growers and enthusiasts. There will be a brief introduction by our President, followed by educational presentations and lunch. At the end of the meeting pure American seed nuts will be distributed to members. This meeting is free and open to the public but we do require folks to RSVP and to pay for their own lunch, at the door: $10.


Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 for lunch

 LocationDauphin County Conservation District

1451 Peters Mountain Rd., Dauphin, PA

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RSVP Required: Send an email to Jean at

or call our office (814)863-7192.


8:30 – 9:30 AM         Coffee and Donuts
9:30 — 9:45 AM Welcome: Mary Ayres, Pres.
9:45—10:45 AM    Gregory Turner / Q & A
10:45–11:00 AM    Break
11:00—12:00 PM David R. Jackson / Q & A
12:00 —1:00 PM Lunch (Please RSVP)
1:00 – 2:00 PM       Marlin Graham / Q & A + Special Presentation
2:00 – 2:30 PM      Nut Distribution


David R. Jackson

Extension Educator, Renewable Natural Resources Penn State University

Identifying and Controlling Common Non-Native Invasive Plants

Invasive plants grow rapidly, spread aggressively, and displace our native plants. They can cause a decline in species diversity, inhibit regeneration success, slow natural succession, and degrade wildlife habitats, directly impacting food webs. This presentation will discuss why we should all be concerned about invasive plants, particularly if we are interested in song birds. An integrated vegetation control approach will be examined. The presentation will teach you how to identify some of the most common invasive plants and introduce you to various control measures used for each.

Gregory Turner

Endangered and Non-Game Mammal Section Supervisor

Pennsylvania Game Commission

Distribution and Declines of the Threatened Allegheny Woodrat.

The PA Chapter has provided nuts and TACF has provided B3F3 seedlings from TACF. He will discuss the impacts of forest fragmentation and role the American chestnut might play in the survival of this animal.

Marlin Graham

Riparian Forest Buffer Technician PA-DCNR

Riparian buffers and Special projects. Marlin a former Leffel Center intern will speak about his current work with riparian buffers and other special projects including an initiative to engage veterans in the planting of trees. Stay for our special presentation on behalf of the chapter.