A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

November 9, 2017

Conservation at the Arnold Arboretum

A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

Dedicated to stewardship and discovery, the Arnold Arboretum advances conservation programs as an institutional priority. Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent set the stage as author of the Forestry Census of 1884, a groundbreaking document in the formation of US conservation policy. Sargent also initiated the Arboretum’s pioneering work in plant exploration, extending global reach to our mission to collect and preserve examples of temperate biodiversity. This legacy continues through the Campaign for the Living Collections, which targets many species currently threatened with extinction in their native habitats. The Campaign benefits from a wide variety of institutional collaborations, from maintaining endangered plant collections to networking with other public gardens to preserve and share germplasm.

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