Saving oaks from extinction through integrated conservation management and global collaborations.
Oaks (genus Quercus) are ecologically valuable keystone species that are found in a wide range of ecosystems around the world. Oaks perform critical ecosystem functions and provide food and habitat for myriad animals. However, many oak species are threatened with extinction, and oak-dominated ecosystems are declining worldwide. In order to prevent extinctions and ensure healthy oak populations for the future, the Morton Arboretum, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, and Fauna & Flora International launched the Global Oak Conservation Partnership, integrating tailored in situ (in the wild) protection and management activities with coordinated, genetically diverse ex situ (in cultivation) conservation collections of living trees.
The Morton Arboretum