TorreyaKeepers Update December 2019
The FNPS TorreyaKeepers project is focused on working with private landowners to locate and conserve trees on private property. This project will expand upon the work that ABG is doing and help to conserve more of the genetic diversity of Florida Torreya. Currently, we are working on a brochure to help private landowners identify Florida Torreya and distinguish it from other similar-looking trees. We will also be developing a brochure on best management practices to help private landowners protect the species on their properties.
|Each tree is assigned a unique number on a “dog tag” in addition to an Aluminum tag that records the year that the tree was located and tagged. Photo by Leigh Brooks.|
Florida Torreya (Torreya taxifolia), is North America's most endangered conifer and its habitat is the steep ravines of the of the Apalachicola River in north Florida and for about 1 mile into southern Georgia. Since the 1950’s, the species has been threatened by numerous fungi. Most trees found in the wild are actually root sprouts that are just a few feet tall. This is due to stem and needle blights caused by the fungi.
|TorreyaKeepers volunteer Scott Copeland beginning a steep descent into a ravine at Torreya State Park.|
|Laurie Blackmore of ABG records monitoring data in Torreya State Park. Photo by Juliet Rynear.|
|A volunteer uses a densiometer to gather canopy data.|
On one of the monitoring days, a crew located a previously-undocumented tree in the park while they were clambering up and down the ravines to locate the tagged trees. It is always exciting to find another rare Torreya tree!
|Sunburned tree in full sun at a botanical garden. Photo by Juliet Rynear.|
Are you interested in Torreya? Want to help this highly imperiled tree? Check out our You Can Help page.
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