Improving Vegetation Indicators of Wetland Condition

Project Sponsor: US Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2 Wetland Program
End Date: June 30, 2016


Our objective was to improve the vegetation-based wetland condition indicators for wetland scientists working in New York. We reviewed and updated the taxonomy and status of New York plants and finalize coefficients of conservatism (CoC) for all New York plants via a workshop of botanical experts. The taxonomic review included significant literature and herbarium specimen review, with the updates compiled on the online NY Flora Atlas and the USDA PLANTS Database. With this revised flora, we convened a four day workshop of New York’s botanical experts to finalize CoC values for each species. These values will be applied to ongoing wetland projects and distributed to wetland assessment users throughout the state.

Dec. 8, 2020 | Updated Jan. 19, 2021, 5:12 p.m.