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Become an Ally

       Synergistic, interdisciplinary, and cross-agency collaborations will be required to effectively monitor and plan for the threats facing trees in the oak family (Fagaceae). The Oak Conservation Alliance is seeking allies from research and academic institutions, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sectors, citizen scientists, and other groups to help in the process. Forming this alliance will help provide a stronger framework for collaboration, education outreach, and funding opportunities. Community forum discussions have been held, representing stakeholders from various backgrounds that have provided valuable insights to address concerns. Monitoring and educational methods will include the use of mapping technologies, remote sensing, tissue sampling, community scientist applications, various online platforms/tools, and landscape ethnoecology/ethnobotany studies. Collaborative efforts in prevention, early detection, and planning will be key to success. The resulting data will be funneled into databases for use in future research (including spatial analyses, risk assessments, ecological impact studies, and sociocultural implication analyses and reports) to help study and preserve our valuable ecosystems and heritage. 

We are just getting started! Help us build the foundation for the OCA. There are many ways you can help. Sign up below to receive updates and/or email rdh5b@uvawise.edu.