Over the past century, numerous provenance studies of forest trees have been established across the United States and around the world, resulting in a large amount of long-term field data and seedling genecological information. These data are threatened with loss as researchers retire or move to new positions. Yet, these data are invaluable for developing and refining seed zones and seed transfer rules, testing forest growth models, and understanding how trees will respond to climate change, as well as a host of other analyses yet to be attempted.

The Center for Forest Provenance Data is being developed as a centralized data and information management system to archive and make available to researchers data from long-term provenance tests and seedling genecology studies of species native to the United States, including tests of these species in the United States and other countries. Initial emphasis will be on forest trees. Although not specifically designed as such, the Center may also include other wildland species and species native to places other than the United States.

By using the Center for Forest Provenance Data, researchers will better be able to evaluate and prioritize needs for future data analyses, establishment of new genetic tests, and maintenance of existing genetic tests. The information derived from these analyses will improve our understanding of forest genetics and help guide decisions for forestlands for a variety of landowners to ensure adapted, healthy, and productive forests both in the short- and long-term.

Our Project Goal

The goal of the Center for Forest Provenance Data is to collect, archive, maintain, and distribute forest genetics data for purposes of promoting national and international collaboration among researchers studying forest genetics, plant adaptation, and responses to climate change.

System Design

The Center for Forest Provenance Data database has been designed to handle a wide variety of datasets with different test site designs, provenance and parent locations, treatments applied, and response variables. Hardware and software has been configured to ensure that the data are safely archived and accessible now and in the long term. The process of submitting and accessing the data uses a web-based system to make the process as accessible and straightforward as possible.

We invite you to browse the web site and learn how you can contribute to goal of improved collaboration. To begin, click on either the Retrieve Data or Submit Data tabs.