This past Earth Day 2021, the University of Kentucky partnered with Maker’s Mark® to establish the world’s largest repository of American white oak! The effort represents the most comprehensive natural range of white oak to date anywhere in the world.
The American white oak repository is part of a larger mission to conserve a species critical to many American industries, including Kentucky bourbon, and to prioritize the present and future of forests and rivers. It will also provide the foundation for research and tree improvement to address current and future threats to white oak trees and the millions of acres of forests they dominate. It will also support white oak-dependent industries that contribute billions of dollars to rural and urban economies across the region!