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Tree Science and Conservation

Resources related to conservation of threatened trees. To contribute a resource to the Tree Science and Conservation database, please contact the ArbNet Coordinator at

Conservation organizations and initiatives

               American Chestnut Foundation

                         ACF application

               Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)

               Capacity for Conservation online organizational self-assessment

               Center for Plant Conservation (CPC)

               Center for Tree Science (CTS)

               Chicago Regional Trees Initiative (CRTI)

               Fauna & Flora International (FFI)

               Global Trees Campaign (GTC)  

               iCONic project 

               International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP)

               International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

               Plant Collections Network 

               Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA)

               Sustainable Sites Initiative

In situ and ex situ conservation tools

               Building living plant collections to support conservation: A guide for public gardens (BGCI and Montgomery Botanical Center)

               Conservation practices - key terms

               Seedlot Selection Tool

               What to do when we can't bank on seeds: What botanic gardens can learn from the zoo community about conserving plants in living collections

               Integrated conservation of tree species by botanic gardens: a reference manual (from BGCI)

               Strengthening the Conservation Value of Ex Situ Tree Collections (Cavender et al., 2015 in Oryx)

               Cycads: A model group for ex situ plant conservation

               Manual for Rapid Botanic Survey (RBS) (Oxford University Herbarium)

               Field Techniques Used By Missouri Botanical Garden

               Seed Collecting Guidelines for ex situ conservation (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden)

               How to survey an area for threatened tree species (Global Trees Campaign)

               How to collect botanical information for identification (Global Trees Campaign)

               How to make a monitoring plan for threatened trees (Global Trees Campaign)

               How to design and manage a tree nursery (Global Trees Campaign)

               How to collect seeds from threatened tree species (Global Trees Campaign)

               How to store seeds and prepare them for germination (Global Trees Campaign)

               How to germinate seeds and care for young seedlings (Global Trees Campaign)

               How to solve germination problems (Global Trees Campaign)

               How to plant and establish trees in the wild (Global Trees Campaign)

              IUCN Species Survival Commission Guidelines on the Use of Ex situ Management for Species Conservation

              IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations

Conservation and biodiversity databases

               Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

               IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Conservation policies and progress reports

               Convention on Biological Diversity

               International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation

               Global Tree Conservation: A world tour of threatened trees - Video

               Global Strategy for Plant Conservation - A guide to the GSPC - All the targets, objectives and facts

                         Progress Report on Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation in the United States

                         GSPC Toolkit

Conservation interpretation

               Care for the Rare (BGCI)

               Vanishing Acts traveling exhibit (The Morton Arboretum and BGCI)

Tree Conservation publications from  the ArbNet community

               Tree Conservation and the role of botanic gardens (BGJournal)

               Genetic Diversity and conservation evaluation of a critically endangered endemic maple, Acer yangbiense, analyzed using microsatellite markers Yang

               Rescuing Magnolia sinica (Magnoliaceae), a Critically Endangered species endemic to Yunnan, China  Wang

               Red List of Magnoliaceae 

               Towards a global tree assessment ORYX  Newton

               Conservation Priorities of PSESP in Yunnan Province  Yang

               Identifiying target species and seed sources for the restoration of threatened trees in Braizil ORYX  Hoffman

               Botanic gardens can positively influence visitors' environmental attitudes BIOCONS  Williams

               Botanic Gardens - using databases to support plant conservation.  BG Journal

               Botanic gardens can positively influence visitors' environmental attitudes BIOCONS  Williams

               Sampling for effective ex situ plant conservation IJPS Guerrant

               Can a BG cycad collection capture the genetic diversity in a wild population - IJPS  Griffith

               Curatorial Practices for Botanical Gardens  Hohn