2023 Joint Annual Meeting: Northeast and Southern Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations

Start Date: July 17, 2023
End Date: July 20, 2023
Location: State College, PA

Monday, July 17 

Travel day.

5:00 – 7:00 pm. Icebreaker/Social (Location TBD)

Tuesday, July 18

6:30 – 7:45 am. Continental breakfast, registration table open

8:00 – 8:20am.  Welcome – PA DCNR

8:20– 9:00 am.  Growing plant material for the People by prioritising indigenous plant production nurseries in Africa – Siya Sokomani, Founder, Nguni Nursery, Cape Town South Africa

9:00 – 9:20 am. Needs for tree seedling stock in the Urban Forest – Jessica Cavey, Program Director, Tree Pennsylvania

9:20 – 9:40 am. Challenges of nurseries and urban forestry – Alec McCartney, Nursery Manager, New Jersey State Nursery.

9:40 – 10:00. Update on resistance breeding in eastern hemlock – Rachel Kappler, Holden Forests and Gardens.

10:00-10:30 am.  Morning break.

10:30 – 10:50 am. Tree planting needs to restore watersheds in Pennsylvania – David Wise, Stroud Water Research Center

10:50 – 11:10 am. The challenges of acquiring tree seedlings for water quality protection – Jenna Mitchell Beckett, PA State Director, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

11:10 – 11:30 pm. Growing trees and collecting seed: perspective from an urban tree nursery – Megan Palomo, Heritage Nursery Director, Trees Pittsburgh.

11:30 – 12:00 pm. Need for seed: perspectives from seed collectors: in person and Zoom panel – Calvin Ernst, President, Ernst Conservation Seeds, Inc. Christopher Kiratzis, Owner, Better Forest Tree Seeds, LLC.

12:00–1:00.  Lunch.

1:00 – 1:30. Lessons learned from forest climate-adaptation projects – Denise Alving, PhD Candidate and Margot Kaye, Professor, Pennsylvania State University.

1:30 -2:00.  Ramping up seedling production of disease-resistant American chestnuts – Sara Fern Fitzsimmons, Chief Conservation Officer. The American Chestnut Foundation and Penn State University

2:00-2:15 – Vendor Introductions

2:15 – 2:45 pm. Afternoon break.

2:45-3:05. Uses of biochar in tree nurseries – Pat Sheran, Metzler Forest Products.

3:05–3:20. Market research findings on nursery production –  Harry Guinness, New Leaf

3:20-4:00. Successes in tree planting on mineland reclamation sites in PA – Eric Oliver, Mineral Resource Program Specialist, DEP Bureau of Mining Programs, Michael French, Director of Operations, Green Forests Work

4:00-5:00. Meeting of Northeast Nursery Association

6:00 – Dinner on your own

Wednesday, July 19: field tour

6:30 – 7:45. Breakfast

7:45 – 8:00. Board buses

8:00 – 9:00. Travel to Howard nursery

9:00 – 11:00. Tour Howard Nursery, Pennsylvania’s Game Commission Nursery

11:00 – 12:00. Travel to Penn nursery

12:00 – 12:30. LUNCH

12:30 – 1:30. Tour Penn nursery, Pennsylvania’s primary nursery for the production of bare root tree seedlings for state land in PA.

2:00 – Load buses to hotel

4:00 – Tour of arboretum. Walking tour to black walnut provenance trial (with Laura Leites) and American chestnut planting (with Sara Fitzsimmons)

6:00 – Banquet (Location TBD)

8:00 – Return to hotel

Thursday, July 20: optional tour

6:30 – 7:45 Breakfast

8:00 – 12:00 Optional field tour TBA

About this Event
The 2023 Joint Annual Meeting: Northeast and Southern Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations will be held July 17-20, 2023 at the Graduate Hotel in State College, PA.

Lodging Information:
Rooms may be reserved at the Sleep Inn near Penn State (111 Village Dr., State College, PA, 16803, US) for the reduced, group rate of $99/night by calling (814) 235-1020 or online at https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/AG18Z3. The Group Block Name is North East Nursery and the Group Number is AG18Z3. All rooms MUST be booked before Tuesday, Jun 27, 2023. After this date, the group room block is released to the general public and you will no longer have access to the special group rate.

Registration Information
Registration Pricing:
  • In-person registration: $335
  • Exhibitor registration: $500

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