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Title: Working Paper 25: Strategies for Enhancing and Restoring Rare Plants and Their Habitats in the Face of Climate Change and Habitat Destruction in the Intermountain West

Author: * Springer, J.D., * Egan, D.

Subject: Vegetation studies, Climate change, Intermountain West, Habitat

Abstract: Adopting Leopold’s sage advice to “keep every cog and wheel,” the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources regards “the maintenance of existing genetic diversity and viable populations of all taxa in the wild in order to maintain biological interactions, ecological processes and function” (IUCN 2002, p. 1) as a fundamental conservation goal. Such an outlook is shared by many conservation-oriented organizations, including federal land management agencies in the United States. This Ecological Restoration Institute working paper will review various strategies land managers can use to maintain one segment of the plant world—rare plants—as we experience the current period of changing climate. Rare plants may be seen as the “seemingly useless parts,” but they deserve attention. “Intelligent tinkering” through innovative biological conservation and ecological restoration strategies will be necessary to provide them with the kinds of habitat they will need for their continued survival and growth.

Date: 2012

Type: Working Papers

Source: ERI Working Paper

Identifier: 8p.

Publisher: Ecological Restoration Institute/NAU

Format: PDF

Language: English