D. Phil Turnipseed

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D. Phil Turnipseed and Albert B. Kopf continued work on an 8-year old exotic tree species trials project centered in Cuenca, Ecuador and sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution in cooperation with the Peace Corps. and several key host-country agencies. The main project activities involved:

1. researching exotic tree species and seed stock; 2. procuring seed from sources around the world; 3. managing the nursery growth of potted tree seedlings; 4. planting new plots in the Provinces of Azuay, Cañar and Morona Santiago; and 5. measuring new exotic species plots and also 8-10 year old tree plots;

The principal objectives of the project were to research, identify, and establish alternative tree species that could be used to help commercially reforest the Andes Mountains of the southern sierra of Ecuador. The two principal commercial tree species grown in Ecuador and the tropical world at that time were pinus radiata and eucalyptus globulus. The project leaders supervised up to 15 man crews in this reforestation project. In addition to researching and initiating new exotic tree species trials, Mr. Kopf and Mr. Turnipseed also worked on the continued research and development of an 8-year old ongoing exotic and native tree species experimental trials project established in various climates from the coastal foothills into the principal Andean sierra to the foothills of the Amazon Basin in the Provinces of Azuay, Cañar, and Morona Santiago. During the course of over two years of research, 2 non-refereed administrative reports were published principally for the cooperating and interactive agencies (i.e. USAID, FAO, CARE, Host-country development agencies).

Secondary activities of the project involved accessing funds through grants for community projects such as nurseries, potable water, and bridge construction in the pueblos surrounding the metropolitan Cuenca (Azuay Province )area.


  • Turnipseed, D.P., and Kopf, A.B., 1979, La Suma de la Fase II de los Ensayos Exoticos en las Provincias del Azuay, Canar, y Morona Santiago (1976-1979), CREA/U.S. Peace Corps. Forestry Investigations Program, Cuenca, Ecuador, S.A., Final Report, October 1979.
  • Turnipseed, D.P., and Kopf, A.B., 1978, La Conclusion de los Datos del Cuerpo de Paz de las Especies Exoticas en las Provincias del Azuay y Canar: Los Ensayos de la Fase I (1968-1978), CREA/U.S. Peace Corps. Forestry Investigations Program, Cuenca, Ecuador, S.A., Final Report, November 1978.