Conservation & Research Plans
Species biology, distribution, history, and conservation recommendations for 117 of New England's rarest plants.
NEWFS has published a comprehensive series of Conservation and Research Plans for 117 of New England's rarest plants.
Involving over 140 authors and reviewers, these plans represent the first time that a non-governmental organization has undertaken such extensive documentation of a region's flora. The New England Plant Conservation Program chose priority species and rigorously reviewed each plan.
The plans help direct conservation of the region's most endangered plant species. Each plan includes a description of the distribution and range of the subject plant; the species' biology; current and historical status of each New England occurrence; goals for the plant's protection; and recommended conservation actions. The plans provide information that public and private landowners can use to help successfully manage rare species on their properties.
The utility and importance of these plans is already apparent. Both state and federal agencies use the findings and recommendations as the basis for management and funding allocation, and NEWFS' large group of volunteers and interns are performing management tasks recommended by the plans at a variety of sites throughout New England.