Rare Species Inventories
What is a rare species inventory?
A rare species inventory is a systematic search for the locations and population sizes of a single rare species, or a group of rare species, in a given region, often throughout the range of the species. Rare species inventory surveys produce reports and maps identifying the locations of both previously known sites and those sites found during the inventory, along with data on the population sizes and other factors such as the ages of the individuals in the populations and known or potential threats to the species.
Why are inventories of rare species needed?
Rare species are important barometers for determining the health of ecosystems in a region, as well as a reflection of the diversity of organisms in an area.
Who uses a rare species inventory?
Rare species inventories are used by a number of conservation entities, as well as by the general public. Agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and the N.C. Plant Conservation Program are legally charged to protect plant and animal species. Their missions include keeping rare species from becoming extinct or extirpated by protecting their habitats or by use of various management activities, including propagation of the species for future release.