NatureServe: A Network Approach to Plant Conservation
Anne Francis, Leah Oliver, Amanda Treher, NatureServe (SePPCon 2016)
Anne Frances, lead Botanist reviews the programs of NatureServe in the Americas, how conservation status assessments are done and the unique role of ranks. Conservation status assessments help prioritize actions. She reviews the need for updating ranks as new information is gathered and the process by which that is accomplished. In the U.S. most flowering plants are apparently secure (G5), while almost one-third are categorized as G1, G2 or G3. Documenting the number of species that have gone extinct is a special project underway.
This work was presented at the Southeast Partners in Plant Conservation (SePPCon) 2016 Meeting. Learn more about SePPCon here.