We are a non-profit group trying to protect and conserve these fossil trees in the petrified forest park of Tak Province, Thailand, which is considered to be one of the world’s prominent fossil tree sites. We are seeking volunteers in conjunction with the team, to assist in research and conservation on a multidisciplinary level. In addition, private funds and donations would greatly further our cause. We are currently in the process of setting up a donation venue.
The Petrified Forest Park is in line to receive funding from the government, but the process is slow, it likely would take several years, and there is no guarantee that funds will be allocated to preserve the specimens. Therefore, we are soliciting outside funding to preserve the specimens ideally permanently or at least temporarily until further government funding can be obtained.
These fossil trees have been exposed for almost 10 years and significant damage to the specimens has taken place from erosion and weathering. Currently, the fossils are in a very bad condition. They have numerous cracks and many parts of the trunks are broken into small pieces.Although they are significantly damaged, there is still a very real possibility to preserve at least three of the seven fossilized trees successfully. While other portions are crumbling to dust, these trees still are of great scientific and historical value, as both an example of natural weathering and a geologic bounty of information. Thus if we act soon, there are many rewards to be found in these threatened fossil trees
Institutes/Organization involved so far:
The Petrified Forest Park, Tak Province, Thailand
The Northeastern Research Institute of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources (aka the petrified wood museum)
This website is designed to serve as a platform for fundraising and for distribution of information about the conservation efforts at the site.
To gather knowledge and advice, from experts in paleobotany and other related fields, e.g., paleontologists, geologists, engineers, conservation scientists, etc. to provide the best solutions for properly preserving the specimens