General Status and NatureServe Canada To Harmonize Assessment Processes

The Western prairie white-fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara) is one of many rare plants of the Great Plains that has seen its range greatly reduced in Canada. Photo by David McAdoo.At the October 24, 2013 meeting in Chelsea, Québec, the Canadian Wildlife Directors Committee (CWDC) approved to harmonize the species assessment processes of the National General Status Working Group (NGSWG) and the NatureServe Canada network. As a result, the NGWSG will use NatureServe methods in its Wild Species reports.  The NGSWG membership will be expanded to include representatives from the NatureServe Canada network of conservation data centres.

Published every five years, the Wild Species reports rank the status of species in each province, territory, or ocean region in which they are known to occur along with an overall national rank for Canada.  The NGSWG assessments and reporting are a commitment of all of Canada’s Ministers responsible for wildlife under the Accord for the Protection of Species At Risk. The NGSWG's alignment with the assessment and ranking efforts conducted by NatureServe Canada network members promises to provide a much more efficient delivery of Canadian species at risk programs.