NatureServe

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.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Anne Frances, NatureServe

Conservation Status Assessments evaluate species' risk of extinction and are therefore often the first step in prioritizing conservation actions. Red List Assessments (redlist.org) are widely used in globally while the NatureServe Network's Ranks are more commonly used in the United States and Canada. Although methodologies between the platforms differ, much of information needed for both types of assessments is the same. Expanding on the "Documentation and Data Sharing" chapter of the newly published CPC Best Practices, this presentation will focus on ways that CPC institutions can collect and transfer data to better inform conservation status assessments. Examples include documenting locality information, population size, and threats.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Anne Frances, NatureServe

The NatureServe Network comprises 80+ member programs in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Each member program has been “tracking” rare plants for over 30 years. Tracking entails surveying, mapping, monitoring, protecting, and assigning conservation statuses. As a network, NatureServe has standard methods and a shared data model to “roll-up” jurisdictional datasets into one central database. NatureServe maintains the central database, providing the taxonomic framework, exchanging data with each member program, and making changes to the data model as necessary. The consolidated central database allows NatureServe central to assign National and Global Ranks, as well as conduct Red List Assessments. This presentation will focus on lessons learned from network-wide data-sharing and explore current challenges and opportunities that result from new technology and increased access to data. We will discuss ways to share data among multiple networks for more effective and efficient plant conservation.

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Friday, May 4, 2018