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Documenting Endangered Species in the Remote Mountains of Laos

We have been in the mountains for fifteen days and the team is weary but triumphant. We have crossed lakes and traversed rivers, camped in the rain and trekked through the dense forest in search of the endangered Chinese swamp cypress tree.  After adventurous road travel and even sinking boats, we have located remote forests and found…

Messing Around in Boats in Quest of Endangered Trees

“Believe me my young friend, There is nothing absolutely nothing worth half so much doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Graham, Wind in the Willows Our team is waiting, while someone else is doing the messing about with our boat, and it does not half feel worth it. Our team of botanists, ecologists,wildlife…

Search for the Giant Chinese Swamp Cypress: Meet the Tree Team

For this National Geographic-sponsored expedition to save the Critically Endangered Chinese swamp cypress (Glyptostrobus pensilis), we have brought together a dynamic group of people from the U.S., Scotland, and Laos. Let me introduce you to our team. We broke up into three groups to conduct surveys in promising watersheds of the Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area…

What’s the Worth of a Single Tree Species?

We’re here in Laos, dedicated to saving the Chinese swamp cypress. But is a single species of tree really so important? I pause to reflect.

New Years in a Land of Golden Buddhas

Eager to begin the search for the Chinese Cypress trees they’ve come to study, the team must deal with cultural and political detours of many kinds.

Discovering the Endangered Cypress Trees of Laos

Come with us to one of the last truly wild places in Southeast Asia: the Annamite Mountains of central Laos. Along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, among hill-tribe villages, we’ll be studying the majestic—and critically endangered—Chinese Swamp Cypress.