Scouting and Collecting Trips
American Public Gardens Association is partnering with the United States Forestry Service’s Forest Health Protection to establish living gene banks of US threatened tree species, by collecting seed from across its native range to capture broad genetic diversity then distributing propagules to public gardens for safeguarding in ex situ collections. Efforts focus on taxa native to US forests which cannot be conserved through traditional seedbanking methods. Launched in 2015, the Partnership funded four pilot projects leveraging established curatorial groups of the Plant Collections Network. Matching funds supported scouting and collecting trips, propagation, and distribution of propagules.
The 2018 Tree Collecting Grants have been awarded to eight projects:
We are pleased to announce that eight collaborative projects have been awarded 2018 funding through our Association’s Tree Gene Conservation Partnership with the US Forest Service.
Six of these scouting and collecting projects target at-risk oak species in the wild: Quercus ajoensis, Q. cedrosensis, Q georgiana, Q. sadleriana, Q. toumeyi, and Trans-Pecos oaks in Texas.
Two island endemics, Lyonothamnus floribundus subspecies floribundus on Catalina Island, and Pritchardia minor on Kauai, will also be targeted.