The Restoration of the American Chestnut - Herbert F. Darling
New York State Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, Inc. Buffalo, NY.
(716) 896 - 5200
The New York State Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, Inc. is a distinct
entity incorporated in 1991. It is an entirely volunteer group licensed by the
national The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) to pursue the common goal of
restoring the American chestnut tree.
The Niagara Forest Owners Workshop Meeting is an opportunity for its participants
to be brought up to date on the following three main activities of the New York
- The gene-transfer program conducted by SUNY's Environmental Science and
Forestry School (ESF) at Syracuse. The program has made recent breakthroughs
in its schedule to produce blight-free trees. An international First was accomplished
when ESF scientists grew seedlings from chestnut embryos (cell tissue) through
rooting and leafing out to planting in the field. Two were given to the Chapter
and are now growing in Zoar Valley. Transformation is in progress. This research
has been jointly planned and funded by TACFNY and ESF since 1991.
- The planting program is conducted by the District Directors in
the nine New York State Districts. This field program is designed to maintain
the gene pool of American chestnuts which have adapted to the cold climate
and conditions of New York State. These trees will become the "mother"
trees for pollination with the research-developed resistant trees.
- The educational program developed and tested for grades 3 - 5
by a team of teachers headed by a professor of Science Education at Buffalo
State College. This program has been planned and funded by TACFNY efforts.
When in their teens many of these informed and enthusiastic young students
will join the cadre of volunteers required to fulfill the restoration program.
Those interested in seeing a biological disaster turned into an environmental
success should enjoy this presentation. Should this program be successful, it
will be the basis for further assisting the Forestry Industry in attacking tree
diseases to keep our NYS forests healthy in the future.
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