Dvorak served eight years as CAMCORE's director before taking leave in January 1988 to finish his Ph.D.
Dvorak set up CAMCORE's first office in Guatemala City and learned quickly how to shape its program to Central American and Mexican realities.
CAMCORE began by selecting two endangerd species, Pinus tecunumanii and Pinus oocarpa.
In neighboring Belize's lower but equally difficult Mountain Pine Ridge, CAMCORE collected oocarpa cones from trees with particularly straight stems.
To participate in CAMCORE, members must agree to plant the seeds they receive, to conduct genetic testing according to CAMCORE standards, and to share the results and the newly grown materials with other members.
Dvorak says CAMCORE's approach to gene conservation is different from many others because it does not start with commercial motives.