The Cumberland Plateau is an area of land stretching southwest through eastern Kentucky and passing through Tennessee into Alabama. The Plateau is one of the nation's richest areas of biodiversity supporting an amazing number of rare plants and animals. Instances of rare and endangered species include the Cumberland sandwort, lady slippers, white cedar and the Cumberland dusky salamander.
Working with its member natural heritage programs in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, NatureServe is assessing the status of nearly 1,000 populations of rare plants and animals associated with the Cumberland Plateau. This effort directly supports forest certification standards that emphasize conservation of ?viable? populations of globally rare species.
NatureServe has also begun to map and document rare ecological communities of the Cumberland Plateau.
Staff from NatureServe and Alabama Natural Heritage Program join with foresters, landowners, and other conservation groups to review a harvest in the Cumberland Plateau. (photo courtesy of David Borland, TNC)