Why these species?
Nothofagus alessandrii (Endangered on IUCN Red List) is a large monoecious tree meaning separate male and female flowers on the same individual; its distribution is severely fragmented along 100 km of the Coastal Cordillera in the Maule Region due to plantations of commercial, exotic, forestry species, such as Eucalyptus spp. and Pinus radiata. Recent forest fires affected more than 50% of the area in which the trees are found, leaving the species in an even more critical state.
Gomortega keule (Endangered on the IUCN Red List)is the only member in the Gormotegaceae family, its populations are small and scattered, usually comprising less than 100 individuals. There are reportedly 26 small populations but only 2 of them are in the national system of wild protected areas. Much of its native ecosystem has been destroyed and the species has been severely affected by fire and selective logging. It regenerates from seed very poorly, due to consumption by rodents as well as collection by humans.
What are we doing about it?
In 2020, the GTC has started a collaboration with Talca Botanic Garden in Chile with the aims of increasing the technical capacity of project partners to secure and improve the conservation status of these target species. The project activities scheduled for this project are:
- Survey and inventory of the populations and collect propagation material from the target species;
- Train project partners in collection, propagation techniques, ex situ management and development of recovery plans for both species;
- Propagate seedlings and develop best-practice propagation protocols;
- Eradicate invasive species and enrichment plant permanent plots with the target species;
- Run a public outreach event at a major venue in Chile to publicize the project’s results and mobilize further resources for future conservation work.
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