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A new professional network is being formed by botanists and conservationists from across North and Central America. Oaks of the Americas Conservation Network (OACN) is a consortium of experts from universities, botanical gardens, arboreta, industry, conservation NGOs, and government agencies dedicated to protecting threatened oak species from extinction. OACN was first conceived at the International Workshop on Oak Conservation (March 13-16, 2016), where 50 experts from seven countries convened at the Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores at UNAM in Morelia, Mexico.
By Alexa Cook
Conservationists are fighting to save New Zealand's most threatened tree by using DNA profiling and cracking down on possum control.
There are only 14 rātā moehau trees left in the wild, found at the top of North Island near Spirits Bay in the Unuwhao Forest and Te Paki. Out of those, just five have the distinct genotypes needed for genetic diversity, which is crucial to its survival.
Sue Dibble - Daily Herald
Murphy Westwood knows when most people hear the term "endangered species" they're more likely to think of the giant panda or ivory-billed woodpecker than the paperbark maple or Georgia oak.
But Westwood, a tree conservation specialist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, is working to raise awareness that trees need protection, too.
2013 has been a busy year for conifer conservation with a global reassessment of the status of the world's conifer species, a global ex situ survey of conifer collections undertaken, and ongoing practical conservation projects focused on safeguarding threatened conifers.
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A Global Survey of Ex situ Conifer Collections has analysed how well represented threatened conifers are in botanic garden and arboreta collections around the world and highlights priority taxa for conservation action.
A global reassessment of the conservation status of the world's conifers was undertaken and up-to-date assessments published on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in July 2013. This showed that 34% of conifers (292 taxa) are globally threatened with extinction.