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Plant Focus

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Quercus douglasii is an endemic California oak tree, affectionately called “the blue oak”.

Trip Reports

2018 Post-Conference Tour #1: San Francisco Bay Area

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Highlights of this tour included: University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, Long Ridge Open Space, Stanford oak woodland, and Apple Park.

2018 Pre-Conference Day Trips

On Sunday, October 21, prior to the evening Opening Reception that kicked off the Conference, participants could choose one of three Day Trips to nearby destinations. Below are brief reports of these outings, kindly provided by members who participated in each one.

2018 Post-Conference Tour #2: Central Coast

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The second leg of the Post-Conference Tour: from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles

2018 Pre-Conference Tour #2: North Coast

Forty enthusiastic IOS members ventured from UC Davis through Sonoma wine country toward the north California coast. We visited sites of enormous habitat contrast that included many species of native oaks and the giant redwoods, unique in all the world.  

2018 Pre-Conference Tour #1: Sierra Nevada

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Forty-one participants from nine countries gathered at Davis, California on October 15 for a four-day trek across the Sierra Nevada and back. Stunning was the diversity of landscapes we saw.

New Mexico 2017

Quercus grisea - Greenlee County, AZ

This article is an account of the oak field trip organized by Michael Meléndrez in New Mexico (and a bit of Arizona) in August 2017. 

Southern New Mexico Oak Open Days

The New Mexico Oak Open Days were a six-day whirlwind tour of the state covering more than 1,400 miles. Led by IOS founding member Michael Meléndrez of Los Lunas, NM, attendees were wowed by a dozen species of oaks plus numerous non-oak species.

Following the 2015 IOS Conference, the Plant Collecting Collaborative traveled to the Southeastern United States on a seed collection expedition with a goal of collecting as many Quercus taxa as possible, particularly focusing on species of conservation concern.

CCSV13: In Search of Vietnam’s Elusive Oaks

Castanopsis fissa, Ha Giang Province

From October 24  to November 17, 2013, Olivier Colin, Charles Snyers, and Béatrice Chassé explored Northern Vietnam with the aim of finding its oaks.

Northern Greece, Sep 26-Oct 2 2011

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During this early autumn week of incomparable weather, twelve members of the IOS, and three others who were guests, enjoyed a truly memorable time in northern Greece.  

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