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The Huntington, in San Marino, CA, obtained a grant from...
Website Editor | Feb 08, 2019
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Plant Focus

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Quercus douglasii is an endemic California oak tree, affectionately called “the blue oak”.

Mission & Goals

Mission

To further the study, sustainable management, preservation, appreciation, and dissemination of knowledge to the public about oaks (genus Quercus) and their ecosystems.

Goals

  • To advance the state of scientific knowledge regarding oaks and oakland ecology
  • To locate, preserve and catalog significant oak-related literature
  • To facilitate the location and distribution of living material for propagation of oaks
  • To foster communication among members via a journal, other mailings, and periodic meetings
  • To promote the study, development, naming, and distribution of superior cultivars and cultivar groups for horticultural use, and the study of oaks for the production of timber, mast, and other useful products
  • To sponsor the preservation, display, and interpretation of oak-related traditions, art, and lore; and encourage development and curation of appropriate and useful collections of oak-related pieces, such as wood samples, taxonomic specimens, or historic oak artifacts
  • To develop the capability and to serve as a registrar authority for oak cultivars, historic and champion oak trees, ancient oak groves, unusual or rare oak specimens, or objects of significance involving oaks
  • To provide information regarding the use, preservation, and appreciation of oaks, and successful techniques for oak culture and management
  • To encourage, recognize and honor outstanding achievements by individuals and organizations, members and non-members, in advancing these goals of the International Oak Society