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Tree Gene Conservation Partnership


The American Public Gardens Association is partnering with the United States Forest Service’s Forest Health Protection to establish living gene banks of U.S. 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 U.S. forests which cannot be conserved through traditional seedbanking methods. The current partnership runs through 2022, and annually awards matching funds on a competitive basis to Association members to support scouting and collecting trips, propagation, and distribution of propagules. 

Call for 2019 Scouting/Collecting Trip Proposals

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See the Collection Showcase here!