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« on: April 28, 2008, 02:29:13 PM »

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:


Rich Reaves
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