Milestones: Fall 2013

Along the Path

In this online edition of Milestones, I invite you to explore the wonders of science. Learn more about how we are predicting ecological changes over the next half-century, and what that means for plants, animals, and communities.
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How the American Southwest is Changing

NatureServe recently completed two Rapid Ecoregional Assessments for the Bureau of Land Management. We were able to identify and isolate specific challenges that biodiversity will face in two large Southwest regions encompassing parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.
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The Most Important Places to Conserve in the Andes-Amazon

The Eastern Andes and the Western Amazon Basin are recognized as one of the world’s most important areas for biodiversity richness and uniqueness. With funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, NatureServe identified the most effective places to invest conservation resources in the region.
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Preparing the Coast for Climate Change

The potential impacts of climate change are already influencing the choices that coastal communities make. To help communities prepare for the far-reaching effects of these changes, NatureServe’s EBM Tools Network published Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning: A guide for selecting tools to assist with ecosystem-based climate planning.
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Planning for Success: Incorporating Plants, Midwest Habitats, and Connectivity into State Wildlife Plans

With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, NatureServe and our network members have completed a four year project to enhance State Wildlife Action Plans in three critical areas.
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Finding At-Risk Plants and Animals on Forest Lands

We created a list of the at-risk plants and animals that are most likely to occupy forest lands, then used these species’ habitats to predict where they might be found.
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NatureServe Heritage Circle

By designating NatureServe as a beneficiary in your will, retirement plan, insurance policy, or financial account, you will join a select group of supporters—The NatureServe Heritage Circle—who have committed to sustaining our natural heritage for years to come.
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Biodiversity Profile: Harperella

Harperella is a wildflower that looks a bit like a small Queen Anne’s Lace with white flowers and quill-like leaves, is globally imperiled (G2), and critically imperiled (S1) in seven U.S. states.
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