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New individuals found of China’s ‘most threatened fir’

Posted on by Victoria Price

The known population size of the Critically Endangered Yuanbaoshan fir more than doubled following expeditions in Yuanbaoshan National Nature Reserve (NNR). Project Manager, Xiaoya Li explains what this discovery means and how it will influence their conservation. The future of the Yuanbaoshan fir (Abies yuanbaoshanensis), a Critically Endangered tree species found in a single nature…

Wooden personalities: how I learned that trees are remarkable and worth saving

Posted on by Marta Calix

Trees. Until a couple of months ago, I thought trees played three main roles in the field of conservation biology. First, trees are components of animal habitat, and provide food and shelter for other creatures. Second, trees act as carbon sinks, unwitting and often underappreciated heroes in the fight against climate change. And third, a variety…

Local and global links for tree conservation celebrated in the United States of America

Posted on by David Gill

Fauna & Flora International’s David Gill describes his recent visit to the USA, and the opportunity for new global partnerships for threatened tree conservation. I arrived in the United States at a perfect time of year to see, celebrate and promote conservation of threatened trees. Spring had sprung and Washington D.C.’s cherry trees had decorated…

Palm Sunday

Posted on by Emily Beech

This weekend millions of Christians worldwide will be celebrating Palm Sunday and using thousands of palm leaves in the process.   But what is a palm? Palms are genetically more closely related to grasses than an oak tree. Palms are a group of plants with around 2585 species found across the world. Palms can be…

Tree conservation for zoologists  

Posted on by David Gill

As the Global Trees Campaign publishes a series of practical guidelines for tree conservation, Fauna & Flora International’s Dave Gill explains why we need to make these techniques more accessible to the wider conservation community. The world’s tree species are in urgent need of assistance. With more than 9,000 species sliding towards extinction, there is…

One Tree Loves

Posted on by Emily Beech

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so we asked our Global Tree Specialist Group (GTSG) members to tell us about their favourite threatened trees and why they love them. Lonely hearts don’t only exist in newspaper columns. Sadly all these trees are under a very real threat of extinction, our members share their stories of lost loves. Lost Loves…

ArbNet Website Update

Posted on by Emily Beech

The ArbNet website has recently been updated, making it easier to use and expanding the resources available to support the common purposes and interests of tree-focused public gardens. The ArbNet website has been organised into new sections, allowing for quicker navigation to find the information you are looking for. ArbNet can now be used in many…

Release of the regional Red List of montane tree species of the tropical Andes

Posted on by Lisa Wheeler

The Red List of montane tree species of the tropical Andes has recently been published, assessing 127 tree species. Andean montane forests are a major global conservation priority owing to their biological richness and high level of species endemism however they remain relatively unstudied. As with montane forests elsewhere in the world, Andean forests are…

Ziyuan fir discovery brings new hope for one of China’s most threatened trees

Posted on by YangJiqin

Twenty-one Ziyuan fir (Abies ziyuanensis) trees have been discovered after 8 months of intensive fieldwork in Yinzhulaoshan Provincial Nature Reserve (NR), Guangxi, China. The Ziyuan fir (Abies ziyuanensis) is an Endangered tree from southern China with less than 600 individuals remaining in the wild. It is known from only three places in the world, including Yinzhulaoshan Provincial…

New trees on the IUCN Red List and the Red List of Betulaceae

Posted on by Malin Rivers

The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species sees the addition of new or updated entries of trees. More trees than ever have now been identified as threatened (www.iucnredlist.org), reaching 9,910 – representing 66% of all the trees listed on the IUCN Red List. The latest additions to the Red List include 128…

A Working List of Commercial Timber Tree Species

Posted on by Malin Rivers

“Which tree species are internationally traded for timber?” A simple enough question, although the answer was not as simple to come by. A list of timber species has been compiled in order to provide a composite working list of timber tree species in trade. The trade in timber products contributes billions of dollars to global…

‘Mother of the forest’: why local enthusiasm could be the baobab’s saviour

Posted on by Georgina Magin

Georgina Magin, Fauna & Flora International’s Global Trees Campaign manager, writes about her recent trip to visit some of Madagascar’s most charismatic flora. After driving through the eroded highlands of central Madagascar, we descend to the western plain and see the first Grandidier’s baobabs (known locally as Renala) towering like skyscrapers over the fields and…