NYFOA Woods Walk in Warren County, Thurman, NY

The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Center (ACRRC) has worked on a transgenic American Chestnut that is resistant to the blight. Their research has currently reached a public commentary phase with the USDA. (Stock photo by Jared M. Dort / Wayne National Forest via Flickr/Creative Commons)

GREENWICH, N.Y. — The American Chestnut. A tree that was once so plentiful that it lead to the creation of songs, lined the main streets of cities and towns, a mainstay tree for colonial furniture, and filled the woodlands throughout the country. All of that changed in the early 1900’s when a blight was introduced through the import of ornamental asian chestnuts. Recently, American Chestnut Research and Restoration Center (ACRRC), has worked on a transgenic American Chestnut that is resistant to the blight. Their research has currently reached a public commentary phase with the USDA.


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ATF 2021 Inspector and Leadership Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Regional & National Inspector of the Year Awards (due November 15) as well as the 2021 National Leadership Award (due December 1). These awards will be presented at the 2021 National Leadership Conference. Visit the ATF website to download the nomination forms.
2021 Outcome Based Grants and Supplementary Grants
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) invites all American Tree Farm System (ATFS) state committees in good standing to submit a request for an Outcome-Based Grant (OBG) or Supplementary Grant in 2021.

Applications are due December 1, 2020 and can be downloaded from Leader's Only,
2021 National Leadership Conference
The American Forest Foundation and American Tree Farm System team recently announced the dates of the 2021 National Leadership Conference, to be held on February 23rd through the 25th.

The safety of our community is our priority. Due to current and evolving social distancing guidelines  we have decided to move the 2021 NLC to a virtual (online) format. This decision was not made lightly, as we feel that there is no replacement for the in-person, face-to-face interactions between leaders in our network, partners, and AFF staff that this event has historically provided. We are hopeful that we will be able to gather together again in 2022.

Additional information and registration details to come later this fall.
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Tree planting has potential to increase carbon sequestration capacity on nation's forests


MADISON, WI, Sept. 21, 2020 - USDA Forest Service scientists have published an in-depth study on the value of tree planting as a means of offsetting carbon emissions in the United States. An analysis based on publicly available data from more than 130,000 forested plots in the Forest Service's Forest Inventory & Analysis Program found that fully stocking non-stocked and poorly stocked forests would result in an annual increase of 20 percent in the amount of carbon sequestered by forests.

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USDA Forest Service Now Accepting Applications for Grant Programs Supporting Innovation in Wood Products and Wood Energy


Washington, OCTOBER 20, 2020 - The USDA Forest Service announced it is now accepting applications for approximately $10 million in funding through the 2021 Wood Innovations Grant and the 2021 Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant. These grants seek to support local economies through wood products and wood energy innovations while reducing hazardous fuels and improving forest health.

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NY Tree Farm Field Days
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The mission of the NY Tree Farm Program is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands in New York State while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry. 

Contact us at the NY Tree Farm Office: PO Box 24, Washington Square, Greenwich, NY 12834, (518) 854-7386,
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