Spring Growers Webinar

Due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus the Spring Grower’s Meeting of PA/NJ TACF will now be conducted as a WEBINAR instead of an in-person meeting. The in-person meeting on the Harrisburg Campus of Penn State University has been canceled. The health and safety of our members is our highest priority. Scroll down to join the meeting. Scroll for details on joining the webinar. 

PA/NJ-TACF Spring Growers Webinar

  • Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • 9:00 am to 12:15 pm
  • Attendees can participate during the webinar. Submit questions through the Zoom chat icon at the bottom of your screen, or via email (, or text (814) 404-6013.

Join the meeting:

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: If you are a first time user you may have to download the Zoom software. You will be prompted to do this. Questions can be submitted through the Zoom chat, or via email (, or text (814) 404-6013.

    Follow this link to join:

Or join by phone for audio only: Note: All attendees will be muted during the webinar. Questions can be submitted through the Zoom chat, or via email (, or text (814) 404-6013.

Dial one of the numbers below. If you don’t have access to a computer, or are concerned about bandwidth, or want to listen in your car, you can dial one of the numbers below to catch the audio. For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am please dial in a few minutes ahead of time.

  • +1 312 626 6799  or
  • +1 646 876 9923  or
  • +1 346 248 7799  or
  • +1 669 900 6833  or
  • +1 253 215 8782  or
  • +1 301 715 8592

    Webinar ID: 502 032 498

    International numbers available:

Meeting Schedule: 

(Times are approximate due to the change to webinar format).

9: 00 – 9:15 am Meeting Opens: Sara Fitzsimmons will open the meeting by welcoming guests and explain how the meeting will proceed. She will introduce our Board President, Mary Ayres who say a few words about Chapter Business. 

9:15 am – 10:05 am Marc McDill, Associate Professor of Forest Management, Penn State University Climate Change and Pennsylvania’s Forests — Presentation and Q&A

(5-minute break)

10:10 am – 10:55 am Jason Delborne, Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University

Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations — Presentation and Q&A

(5-minute break)

11:00 am – 11:50 am Jared Westbrook, Director of Science The American Chestnut Foundation The Evolving Effort to Restore the American chestnut — Presentation and Q&A

11:50 am – 12:00 pm Meeting wrap up — Raffle winners announced and meeting adjourned.

More on the speakers and presentations: Follow this link

Related Business:

Nuts: If circumstances allow we will ship seed nuts to the TACF members as long as supplies last. We will require $10 for shipping and handling. To request nuts email Steve Hoy at Steve will follow up next week to confirm your membership in TACF, availability of nuts, and how to make payment. 

2020 Chestnut Restoration Raffle: We are selling tickets for our Chestnut Restoration Raffle. You may purchase packs of 6 tickets for $10 over the phone up until 11:00 am. Winners will be announced at the close of the meeting. To purchase tickets call (814) 863-7192. On Saturday, March 21st, call (814) 933-6246. To learn more about the prizes follow this link.



Attention Members

2020 Communications Survey: We are evaluating all of our current communication practices, starting with a review of our print newsletter and e-Newsletter. If you have not completed the survey, please do. Follow this link.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Will the webinar be recorded for those who can log in for the live webinar? Yes. We plan to record the presentations and post them on our website. We will have more information on this next week.
  2. Will there be nuts? Yes. We would still like to distribute pure native seed nuts to members. We are still working on the details of how this will work. Members may need to cover shipping or stop by the office.
  3. Will we be able to ask questions during the webinar? Yes. There will be a question and answer period at the end of each presentation. More details will be available on this later.