RARE VASCULAR PLANTS OF ALBERTA 2ND EDITION: SPECIES ACCOUNT PREPARATIONCategory: 2017, Community Grant, Current, Grant, Land Use
The “Rare Vascular Plants of Alberta” was published over 15 years ago by the Alberta Native Plants Council (one of the clubs under the umbrella of Nature Alberta) and was considered essential for anyone working in the field of vegetation biology. The first edition won two awards: Scholarly Book of the Year from the Alberta Book Awards and The Canadian Forest Service Merit Award. The list of rare vascular plant species at risk has changed for many reasons, and some of the information has become outdated. Some species have been removed and many have been added (~160), and the information about rare species cannot easily be compiled (even the nomenclature of several species has changed over the past year).
For vegetation specialists and plant enthusiasts to be able to identify the rare vascular plants in Alberta, a second edition is required in order to have the information necessary to be able to confirm the occurrences of imperiled species and facilitate their conservation. The preparation of species accounts and updates forms the bulk of the new content and will be critical to the overall preparation of the 2nd edition.
Ongoing development pressures and climate change are putting continual pressure on our natural ecosystems. Understanding and documenting the biodiversity of rare species in the province is a foundation for building awareness with a view to protecting and enhancing the ecosystems that support them. With support from Alberta Ecotrust, the Alberta Native Plant Council and Nature Alberta will publish an updated version of Rare Vascular Plants of Alberta, the first phase of which will be supported by this grant. Having updated information will increase the ability of botanists and naturalists to locate rare vascular plants in Alberta. The increased information collected by field biologists will be submitted to the Alberta Conservation Information Management System (ACIMS) database and provide critical information regarding imperiled species, resulting in better informed decision-making regarding development/conservation of Alberta’s native lands.