Who Are Torreya Guardians?
Torreya Guardians is a self-organized group of naturalists, botanists, ecologists, and others with a deep concern for biodiversity protection, who have chosen to use the internet as a tool for discussing ideas, posting plans, and taking a variety of actions in behalf of our most endangered conifer tree: Torreya taxifolia.
There are no by-laws, officers, board, staff, overhead costs, dues, formal organizational structure, or physical location to this organization.
Torreya Guardians does not speak or take action as a group, but instead encourages subsets of those involved to post ideas and initiatives on this website and to help establish links with synergistic organizations and websites.
LEFT: Seeds of Torreya taxifolia donated to Torreya Guardians by the Biltmore Gardens (Asheville NC) in fall 2005, for first distribution in service of "rewilding" T. tax in the spring of 2006.
RIGHT: Lee Barnes with a seedling "rewilded" to Waynsville, North Carolina.
Click here to learn about our current efforts to "rewild" T. tax.
Companion website: PlantGuardians.org
Volunteer Website Master: Connie Barlow
Volunteer Coordinator of Rewilding Project & Seed Distribution: Lee Barnes, Waynesville NC
Advisor from the Biltmore Gardens, Asheville NC: Bill Alexander, Forest Historian
Advisor from the Sudden Oak Life Project in California: Lee Klinger
Advisor from the Torreya Propagation Program at the Smith College Arboretum: Rob Nicholson
Advisor from the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill: Peter White
Advisor from Lam Asian Garden, University of British Columbia: Peter Wharton
Advisor from New York Botanical Garden: Robbin Moran
Advisor from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Dean Gallagher
Advisor from Northwest Florida Environmental Conservancy: Karl Studenroth
Torreya taxifolia steward in NE Georgia, USA: Jack Johnston
Torreya taxifolia stewards in Waynesville NC: Linda McFarland and Janet Manning (for Corneille Bryan Native Garden)
Torreya taxifolia steward in western North Carolina: Russell Regnery
Torreya taxifolia steward in western North Carolina: Sara Evans
Torreya taxifolia (and Taxus floridana and Gaylussacia brachycera) steward in Hayward, Wisconsin: Michael Heim
Torreya taxifolia propagator (2005 seeds) at The Dawes Arboretum, Newark OH: Rich Larson
Torreya taxifolia propagator (2005 seeds) at Arboretum de Villardebelle in southern France: Didier Maerki
Torreya taxifolia propagator (2005 seeds) in mid-Ohio: Rich Poruban
Torreya taxifolia propagator (2005 seeds) in Sapphire NC: Patrick Horan
Torreya taxifolia propagator (2005 seeds) in New York State: Peter Porcelli
Torreya taxifolia propagator (2005 seeds) in Devon, England: Euan Roxburgh
Other academic advisors: Mark Schwartz (University of California, Davis); Sharon Hermann (Auburn University), Paul S. Martin (University of Arizona, emeritus)
Liaison from The Nature Conservancy: Leigh Brooks
Liaison with The Wildlands Project: Josh Brown
Contact at the USF&WS (Panama City FL office): Vivian Negron-Ortiz
PARTICIPATING PROPAGATORS of T. taxifolia in or near western NC: Jack Johnston, Russell Regnery, Sarah Evans, Corneille Bryan Native Garden
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLGROUNDS PROPAGATION: Bruce Rinker, chair of the science dept at North Cross School, a private school in Roanoke Valley, Virginia, began preparations for his students and school to participate in T. taxifolia assisted migration experiments and study in autumn 2009.
FOUNDING COMMUNICATING "MEMBERS"in 2003 and 2004: Connie Barlow, Paul S. Martin, Hazel Delcourt, David Jarzen, Lee Barnes, Bill Alexander, Peter White, Rob Nicholson, Peter Wharton, Mark Schwartz, Leigh Brooks, Anathea Brooks, Brian Keel, Paul Spitzer, Josh Brown, Sharon Hermann, John Johnson
Excellent sites for DISCUSSING CONIFER ISSUES are:
CONIFER OBSESSION of the International Conifer Society
Arboretum de Villardebelle CONIFER EDUCATION
CONIFERS PAGE OF GARDEN.WEB.COM
United Plant Savers
Garden Web World (web tours of botanical gardens and plant societies worldwide)
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Annotated List of Papers/Reports Online re Assisted Migration
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