The Plants and Natural Communities Working Group’s mission is to focus on plants and their natural communities including ecological function and processes. It will address the use of natural areas (including State Natural Areas) in studying and measuring climate change on plants and natural communities and in maintaining viable populations of rare species.
The Plants and Natural Communities Working Group’s goals are the following:
Climate Vulnerability Assessments
Climate change may bring higher temperatures, variable precipitation, and more frequent intense storms. These ten vulnerability assessments (PDFs), put together by the Plants and Natural Communities Working Group, provide a broad summary of potential impacts of climate change, and may provide a foundation for conservation planning in the face of an uncertain future.