The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Live Oaks: Specimens of Global, Scholarly and Public Research
Early Conservation Efforts
In the past, live oaks were so valuable to shipbuilding and U.S. national security that in the early 1800s Congress passed laws to prevent them from being harvested illegally. The U.S. government also purchased and protected vast areas of timberland for use in naval shipbuilding. These were some of America's earliest experiments in natural resources conservation.
Studying Live Oaks
Smithsonian Gardens works with other organizations to study and protect live oaks. Historically, live oaks have only grown as far north as southern Virginia. But due to climate change, scientists are investigating whether they can grow further north.
Slave Wrecks Project
Today, Smithsonian scholars are gaining new insights into the international slave trade by studying slave shipwrecks as part of the Slave Wrecks Project, an international maritime archaeology project. Live oak wood is strong and slow to degrade, enabling potential discoveries in the future.
Above By 1802, an estimated 80% of the live
Left Some of the live oaks on the grounds of the National Museum of African American History and Culture were planted as part of a study to see whether live oaks can thrive in our region.
Above Through the SWP's efforts, previously submerged archaeological remains and long neglected histories are being recovered, restored, remembered, protected, and shared.
Erected by Smithsonian Gardens.
Location. 38° 53.488′ N, 77° 1.997′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 15th Street Northwest just south of Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 50), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Live Oaks: A Symbol of Strength (here, next to this marker); Live Oaks: A Gathering Place (a few steps from this marker); Washington City Canal on the Tiber Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Sheltering Branches (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bulfinch Gate House (about 400 feet away); A Monumental Legacy (about 600 feet away); Washington: The City (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • African Americans • Anthropology & Archaeology • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.