The Newfoundland Rare Plant Project
Products and Benefits
The endangered, endemic Long's Braya [Braya longii] at Yankee Point
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- Additional plant collections, particularly of rare species
- 1999 - 2580 collections [vascular]
- 2000 - 2523 collections [vascular], ca. 700 collections [nonvascular]
- 2001 - 1842 collections [mostly vascular]
- Additional scientific data on occurrence, distribution, density, and ecology
- 1999 - 8400 plant occurrence records from 527 stations
- 2000 - 8835 plant occurrence records from 728 stations
- 2001 - 4079 plant occurrence records from 390 stations
- Data to support the designation of a conservation status [ie. "rarity rating"] for species within the Province [for inclusion in COSEWIC status reports, Atlantic Conservation Data Centre tracking lists, and the General Status of Wild Species in Canada database].
- Data to support the production of maps showing the occurrence and distribution of all species of conservation concern
- Data to support the incorporation of geo-referenced location data, and population and habitat information into the element occurrence database of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre
- Data to support the employment of the element occurrence database to respond to formal requests for rare plant data
- Data to support the designation, development, management, and maintenance of parks and natural areas
- Data to support efforts to mitigate the effects of resource and land development
- Staff in the Inland Fish and Wildlife Division now use the Rare Plant Database on a regular basis to review development proposals (forestry, mining, cabin development), and as a resource in the preparation of management plans for stewardship areas around the province.
- The Project is increasing awareness of the need for rare plant conservation in the province, as botanists in the field meet members of the public. The Project Group has also been by approached by individuals, tourism organizations, the media and conservation organizations, for information on rare plants.
- Strong partnerships have been established that provide a solid base for future projects and conservation initiatives.
- Botanists involved in this project are collecting numerous photographs, of both rare and common plants, during their wide-ranging field surveys. These photographs are being added to the web-based Digital Flora of Newfoundland and Labrador Vascular Plants.