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BGCI US to partner with Montgomery Botanical Center and other member gardens to protect trees

30 September 2016

BGCI US and the Montgomery Botanical Center in collaboration with The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, National Tropical Botanical Garden, and other experts have received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

The project will optimize the design of ex situ tree collections by analyzing genetic variation in a range of important tree groups, from palms to oaks to magnolias, and will help improve the conservation quality of living tree collections by adapting proven methods from zoos

“This project has been called one of the largest advances in tree conservation since the 1970s,” states Patrick Griffith, PI and Executive Director of the Montgomery Botanical Center. “When we safeguard our nation’s tree collections, we ensure that those trees continue to benefit future generations.”

National Leadership Grants support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and have the potential to improve services for the American public.  “As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

About IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

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