The IOS has its 25th anniversary in 2017, and a superb way to celebrate it will be to get yourself to the Czech Republic in July where, during Oak Open Days based at his arboretum near Poděbrady, enthusiastic and dynamic IOS member Dušan Plaček is sponsoring a "Birthday Banquet" for participants at Poděbrady Castle.
New Gap Analyses of Ex-Situ Collections and In-Situ Conservation Needs for US Oak Species
Through support from the United States Forest Service and BGCI U.S., The Morton Arboretum has begun work delving into provenance-level accessions data for US native oaks, with plans to form the most holistic analysis of oak collections’ conservation value currently available. A comparison will be drawn between the representation of ex-situ collections versus the natural range of every threatened US oak species. These data will be incorporated with research regarding in-situ distributions to create a shortlist of priority species, followed by proposed conservation actions within key areas of need. We are excited to share these findings in a publication at the end of the year and hope to create innovative and replicable methods, leading the way for similar studies among different regions and taxa.
We are currently requesting accessions data, including provenance information, from all gardens that maintain oak species. Please send us a full electronic export (Excel spreadsheet or CSV preferred) from your collections database for the genus Quercus. All data contributions will be managed confidentially.
Please contact Emily Beckman with data, questions, and/or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for providing collection information for this analysis is February 28th. Visit http://www.bgci.org/news-and-events/news/1387/ for more information.