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We are using DNA data to better understand the connectivity and recent history of populations of Quercus havardii, a Western sand dune oak.

We are assessing whether important seed and living collections have sufficiently sampled the wild diversity of tree species we are trying to protect. 

We are using DNA data to further understand the reproductive biology of an under-studied oak, Quercus havardii, which will help inform seed collection strategies and collection management.

We collected acorns from across the range of Quercus havardii and distributed them to partner gardens to grow, research, and showcase this unique oak to the public.

We are quantifying the number of plants and seeds needed to best preserve genetic variation of 10 species of threatened trees in botanical gardens, which  will be models for future seed collections.

Working with partners from multiple sectors in Latin America to research and protect threatened tree species, and advance tree conservation across the region

Linking science to practice to achieve effective conservation of oak diversity

Saving oaks from extinction through integrated conservation management and global collaborations.

Cultivating collaborations that generate knowledge to inform threatened tree species protection and build capacity for tree conservation throughout the region.

Completing threat assessments for the world’s oak species to prioritize species for conservation and enable policymakers to protect threatened oaks. Download the PDF of The Red List of US Oaks

Locating, prioritizing, and proposing amendments to spatial and genetic gaps within ex-situ collections of native U.S. oaks, towards the continued security of each species.