Bryological and Lichenological Section/ABLS
Peterson, Eric B. .
The California Lichen Society’s Conservation Committee: Cautious Approaches for Defensible Actions.
THE California Lichen Society (CALS) seeks to promote the appreciation, conservation, and study of lichens. The focus of the Society is on California, but its interests include the entire western part of the continent. Over the last few years, CALS has developed an active conservation committee (CALSCC). CALSCC is working to develop lists of rare and sensitive lichen taxa in California and other southwestern states. Strong conservation laws in California lead to a political environment in which listings must be defensible, with well-developed background data, in order to maintain credibility. CALSCC has been working with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and the California Department of Fish and Game’s Natural Diversity Database and will utilize methods comparable to theirs for ranking and listing lichens. Use of CNPS-style lists will make lichen conservation accessible to botanists throughout the state. Since the CNDDB is part of NatureServe and the Natural Heritage Network, use of CNDDB-style ranks provides compatibility with conservation efforts for lichens and other organisms across much of the western hemisphere. Background information on proposed taxa is coalesced through a sponsorship program that allows anyone knowledgeable with particular lichen taxa to participate.
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California Lichen Society
CALS Conservation Committee information
Lichen Conservation discussion site at Crustose.Net
1 - Nevada Natural Heritage Program, Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, 901 South Stewart Street, suite 5002, Carson City, Nevada, 89701, USA
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Time: 4:00 PM