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Southeastern Plants Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (RSGCN)

About the RSGCN

The SE PCA is collaborating with NatureServe, Terwilliger Consulting Inc, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, with funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to develop the nation’s first RSGCN for plants. State and regional experts will work together to create the SE Plants RSGCN based on information regarding distribution, status, threats, and conservation needs. This list will promote long-term conservation goals of imperiled Southeastern plant species.

40% of plant species
extirpated in the US since
European settlement have
been from the Southeast

13 Southeastern US states include
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri,
North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia

SE Plants RSGCN will directly
enhance data, consistency,
capacity, and awareness for
plant conservation

Data will support state
applications and projects for
funding under the Recovering
America’s Wildlife Act

The below graphic represents the standard processes of updating species information (left) and the associated
RSGCN list update process (right).  These two processes work in tandem to ensure up-to-date species
information is available for local, state, and national conservation

Working Groups Timeline

Recorded Meetings

Data and Methodology Planning Meetings
February 8 & 24, 2022
Survey Overview Meeting
March 14, 2022

Project Planning Team Meeting
April 4, 2022

Project Partners

Financial Sponsor