NatureServe has evaluated all 56 State Wildlife Action Plans to determine whether the plant community was given a fair shake. Sadly, the answer is a resounding NO, as a general rule, but not for our fine state. As the NatureServe website reports from the Executive Summary of the report:
"Just eight of 56 plans (14%) took the most direct approach of including plants on their list of species of greatest conservation need. ... Just six plans (11%) considered plant species of concern in their methods for setting habitat priorities. ...Fewer than half the states identified specific geographic areas of particular conservation interest. Twelve plans (21%) included plant species of concern in their methods for defining these focal areas... 17 plans, or about one-third (30%), included at least one action item that, if carried out, would benefit plant species of concern. In most plans, however, the number of plant-related actions was quite limited, and the proposed activities very general in nature."
They do give credit to the states who did well:
"The development of state wildlife action plans represents a tremendous opportunity for systematically and strategically advancing conservation in America, and the plans for Georgia
, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oregon are notable for effectively addressing the needs of plant species of concern."
If you are interested, the report, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Role of Plants in State Wildlife Action Plans
, can be downloaded at:http://www.natureserve.org/publications/hidden_plain_sight.jsp