The Newfoundland Rare Plant Project
The threatened, endemic Fernald's Braya [Braya fernaldii] at Watt's Point
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The Newfoundland Rare Plant Project was created in 1999 - as a multi-partner initiative - designed to learn more about the distribution and abundance of the 271 species listed by Bouchard et al in their 1991 publication “The Rare Vascular Plants of Newfoundland”, and, as well, to determine whether additional rare species might occur on the Island.
The Project has since expanded its scope to include opportunistic or occasional collections of stoneworts [charophytes], mosses and liverworts [bryophytes], and lichens, and is looking towards expanding its area of investigation into Labrador.
- adding to the completeness and representativeness of plant collections from the Province, particularly with regard to rare species
- adding to the completeness and representativeness of scientific data relating to plant species from the Province, particularly with regard to occurrence, distribution, ecology, and status of rare plant populations
- designating a conservation status [ie. "rarity rating"] for all species within the Province
- maintaining a vascular plant tracking list for the Island of Newfoundland, using the conservation data centre ranking system
- producing maps showing the occurrence and distribution of all species of conservation concern
- incorporating geo-referenced location data, and population and habitat information into the element occurrence database of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre
- employing the element occurrence database to respond to formal requests for rare plant data