TorreyaKeepers Project

This project started as an outgrowth of the Florida Torreya Tree of Life conference in March 2018 to aid in the recovery of Torreya Taxifolia, a critically endangered tree species.  In 2018, volunteers performed an in-depth GIS analysis with grant support from the Magnolia Chapter of FNPS and identified 987 privately-owned properties within the native range that are likely to have Torreya. 

Before Hurricane Michael, volunteers were reaching out to landowners and conducting one survey each week covering approximately 20 acres.  Needless to say, these surveys are now a lot more difficult and time consuming given the number of fallen trees in the area.  Each Torreya tree located is number-tagged with a unique number and we are partnering with Atlanta Botanical Garden to collect cuttings so that new trees can be propagated and genetic diversity can be preserved.  

We are fundraising through grants and donations to hire people to build and manage this project and increase the number of private landowners partnering with us to conserve this species. 

Bill Boothe collecting data on a Torreya tree (photo by Leigh Brooks)

 Helen Roth (left) and Scott Copeland (right) are shown setting up a cage around a Torreya tree to protect it from deer browse (photo by Leigh Brooks).

 Each tree receives a unique # tag (photo by Leigh Brooks).

 

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