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Using Multiple Lines of Evidence to Prioritize Assisted Migration of Both Rare and Common Species

Pati Vitt, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL


Seeing the evidence of climate change prompts many conservation and restoration professionals to ask: what can we do to help our natural systems adapt to these rapid catastrophic changes? One common answer is assisted migration of taxa unable to move or adapt rapidly enough. But, how do we identify which taxa? Or where to move them? To undertake a successful assisted migration program requires the synthesis of multiple lines of evidence that cut across disciplines. We will present the most common tools that are currently being employed to understand the potential impacts of climate change on select taxa of plants, and provide the backĀ¬ground necessary to evaluate their effectiveness.

 

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