Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Rare Plants in California

Brian Anacker, Krystal Leidholm, Melanie Gogol-Prokurat, Steve Schoenig
Posted on: 7/18/2022 - Updated on: 11/07/2023

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Rare Plants in California is a Department of Fish and Wildlife project that began in 2011 to provide information or rare plant vulnerability to climate change. Project funding and oversight came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and CA Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC).

The purpose of this project was to:

  • Develop a climate change vulnerability assessment methodology
  • As a pilot study, assess roughly 10% of California’s rare plant species
  • Evaluate the Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) of NatureServe as a tool for ranking rare plant species with regards to climate change vulnerability
  • Use species distribution modeling to assess future range change under various climate change scenarios for rare plants
  • Evaluate how vulnerability assessments can be used to set goals, determine management priorities, and inform decisions about appropriate adaptation strategies

Further Information:


Anacker, B., Leidholm, K., Gogol-Prokurat, M., Schoenig, S. (2012).Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Rare Plants in California. California Department of Fish and Game.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. It is the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is management of these important natural resources for the American public. The Service also helps ensure a healthy environment for people through its work benefiting wildlife, and by providing opportunities for Americans to enjoy the outdoors and our shared natural heritage.

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