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New England Wildflower Society-State of the Plants

For the first time, this peer-reviewed report presents the most up-to-date data on the status of plants on the New England landscape. The data discerns increases and declines in both rare and common species across all six states (encompassing 186,400 km2) and identifies hotspots of rare plant diversity and discusses factors that foster this diversity.

This report aims to:

• document the status of and trends in the New England flora

• identify environmental and anthropogenic factors that impinge on

plant species in the region

• articulate a research agenda to bridge gaps in our knowledge of

plant species and ecological communities

• discuss frameworks for conserving and managing the thousands

of species that together comprise our diverse and vibrant flora.