Southeastern PCA collaboration with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Southeastern Plant Conservation Alliance has been working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to prioritize federally listed plant species, promote region-wide planning, and select species for pilot project implementation. Funding will be allocated to partners in support of on-the-ground conservation activities and outreach efforts for a subset of these species in 2021 & 2022. With success, additional funding could be allocated for subsequent years.

Working groups are being assembled to assess needs and actions for the following list of 13 species recommended by FWS Recovery Leads from the Southeastern Regional Office:

Varronia rupicola
Helianthus verticillatus
Linum arenicola
Oxypolis canbyi
Platanthera integrilabia
Ribes echinellum
Schwalbea americana
Arabis georgiana
Helianthus schweintzii
Trillium reliquum
Sisyrinchium dichotomum
Polygonella basiramia
Euphorbia telphiodes

These 5 species have been selected for pilot project funding for partners:

Varronia rupicola
Platanthera integrilabia
Ribes echinellum
Schwalbea americana
Trillium reliquum

Outreach efforts will focus on these species, their habitats, and the work of conservation partners:

Varronia rupicola
Linum arenicola
Euphorbia telphiodes

This is an incredible opportunity for the SE Plant Conservation Alliance to support partners involved in state-based PCAs and facilitate collaboration that will lead to measurable success in the recovery of federally threatened and endangered plans in our region.