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2017 Fall Meeting
This year our Fall Meeting will in part, be held in conjunction with The American Chestnut Foundation's  (TACF) 34th Annual Meeting in South Portland  on Friday, October 6, 2017.  We are excited to team up with this great group of scientists and practitioners to share knowledge, socialize and enjoy some great food.  There are three components (each with its own registration option) to this meeting:  A Lobster Bake on Thursday evening, our MESAF/TACF presentations on Friday morning, lunch and afternoon and the optional TACF Dinner and Awards meal on Friday evening.  Our third MESAF field tour of the season will be held on Saturday, October 7 (see details on 2017 Field Tours page).

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Lobster Bake Dinner on Peak's Island

A private charter ferry will take us to Peaks Island in Casco Bay, just a short cruise from Portland. There, you will enjoy a classic Down East feast of luscious lobster with all the trimmings. Steak, chicken, and vegetarian meals are also available.  The cost for this event is $60.00 per person. 
Registration is CLOSED

Friday, October 6, 2017
Proposed Changes to Maine's Tree Growth Tax Law (TGTL)
he 34th Annual Meeting of
The American Chestnut Foundation

 DoubleTree Hotel, South Portland, Maine

8:00 AM     Registration

8:30 AM     MESAF Business Meeting 

9:30 AM     Break

10:15 AM    Welcome and Introduction
                        Bob Cousins, MESAF Chair

10:20 AM    What is the Tree Growth Tax Law?
                        Lisa Whynot, Maine Revenue Services

10:40 AM    The Governor's Executive Order
                          Governor's Office (TBD)

11:00 AM     Joint Standing Committee on Taxation Request for UMaine Study of TGTL with Stakeholders
Rep. Steve Stanley, (D-Medway), Dr. Steve Shaler, Director, UMaine School of Forest Resources

11:20 AM      Examples of Valuation of Forest Land for Property Tax Purposes from Outside of Maine
Dr. Adam Daigneault, Assistant Professor, Forest, Conservation & Recreation Policy, UMaine

12:00 PM     The TGTL from a Forester and Coastal Landowner's Perspective
                         Tom Fox, Forestry Consultant

12:20 PM      Break

12:30 PM    Lunch Program featuring George L. Jacobson, Professor Emeritus,  University of Maine.
                        “Post-glacial Distribution of the American Chestnut i
n Relation to Other Tree Taxa and

2:00 PM    Concurrent Educational Sessions:  Orchard Management, Chestnut  Ecology, and Genomics & Breeding:            

2:00 – 4:55 PM  CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS (35-minute sessions including 5-minute Q&A):

Orchard Management: Best Management Practices   Moderator:  Sara Fitzsimmons

·                                 2:00 – 2:35 PM  Vegetation by Ron Lemin

·                                 2:40 – 3:15 PM  Rodents & Deer by Sara Fitzsimmons

·                                 3:20 – 3:35 PM  BREAK / REFRESHMENTS

·                                 3:40 – 4:15 PM  Insects by Dr. Martin Cipollini

·                                 4:20 – 4:55 PM  Partnerships & Outreach by Lois Melican

Chestnut Ecology   Moderator:  Kendra Collins

·                                 2:00 – 2:35 PM  Progeny/Silviculture Trials by Jason Payne

·                                 2:40 – 3:15 PM  Restoration Trials in Maine by Dr. Brian Roth

·                                 3:20 – 3:35 PM  BREAK / REFRESHMENTS

·                                 3:40 – 4:15 PM  Cold Tolerance by Dr. Paul Schaberg and Dr. Gary Hawley

·                                 4:20 – 4:55 PM  Climate Change by Doug Jacobs

Genomics & Breeding   Moderator:  Ben Jarrett

·                                 2:00 – 2:35 PM  Genomic Selection Explained by Dr. Jared Westbrook

·                                 2:40 – 3:15 PM  Small Stem Assays by Thomas Saielli

·                                 3:20 – 3:35 PM  BREAK / REFRESHMENTS

·                                 3:40 – 4:15 PM  PRR Screening Trials by Dr. Paul Sisco

·                                 4:20 – 4:55 PM  treeSnap (database) by Dr. Dana Nelson

 5:00 PM     Poster Presentations and Social Hour

6:00 PM    Adjourn MESAF Program

Registration is CLOSED

TACF Awards Dinner
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Dinner & Awards Program (with cash bar) featuring speaker Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Over the past two decades of practice, Thomas Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology. In 2011, Thomas was the second youngest designer to be invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, and in 2013 he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal magazine.

At present, Thomas is leading Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in the design of major public parks across the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand including the Aga Khan Garden, (Alberta, Canada), Cornwall Park (New Zealand) Mount Cuba Center (Delaware), Memorial Park (Houston, Texas), and Centennial Park (Nashville, Tennessee).


 Registration is CLOSED