I’m back from a whirlwind trip to my old stomping grounds of Florida, a trip mainly focused around an important event spotlighting an imperiled tree that has fascinated me over the decades, and which Peckerwood will soon play a role in conserving. Torreya taxifolia is one of the rarest conifers in the world, and has a very interesting story, and I am fortunate to have been involved in various aspects of our knowledge of this enigma. With a natural range limited to the ravines along a short stretch of the Apalachicola River in the Florida panhandle and barely into southern Georgia, it was nonetheless once a dominant, towering constituent of the region’s diverse forest. It then suddenly plummeted close to extinction when a fungal disease and perhaps other factors began impacting this species back in the early to mid-1900’s. Now there is new hope for preserving this species, with Peckerwood playing a part in this endeavor.