“Clarifying science needs for Southeastern grasslands: The Piedmont, Coastal Plain, and beyond” with Dwayne Estes, Southeastern Grasslands Initiative; Jennifer Cartwright, U.S. Geological Survey; and Rua Mordecai, South Atlantic and Southeast Conservation Blueprints
Join us for the third webinar in a Summer Science Series brought to you by the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC) and the Southeast Conservation Blueprint team! These webinars will highlight SE CASC projects relevant to conservation in the South Atlantic region.
Grasslands are plant communities that have few or no trees, or have open canopies that allow for the development of a grassy groundcover. Grasslands in the southeastern United States support rare plant and animal species and in some cases qualify as global or regional hotspots of biodiversity. Yet the Southeast’s grasslands have been reduced by approximately 90% since European settlement, as the result of agriculture, urbanization, and fire suppression. Today, climate change represents an additional stressor that may pose direct and indirect threats to grassland-related biodiversity.
We will discuss results from a region-wide workshop of scientific and conservation professionals exploring the challenges to grassland species conservation in the southeastern United States, with emphasis on clarifying the research and data needs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state agencies related to Species Status Assessments (SSAs) for imperiled grassland species. We will then focus in on challenges in the Piedmont – a region with one of the greatest declines in grasslands across the entire Southeast.
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**Advance registration is encouraged!**