A Web site devoted to the conservation of native plants, from the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Native plants are an essential component in the biodiversity that sustains life on Earth. It is imperative that we improve their situation, and we can do so by understanding them better, actively fostering and conserving them, and sharing information.
Stimulating interested citizens to take action towards biodiversity conservation is the ultimate goal of this Web site. This goal is shared by a larger initiative, of which the site is a component: In 2002, the Canadian Centre for Biodiversity at the Canadian Museum of Nature, with the assistance of The Salamander Foundation, initiated Best Stewardship Practices at the Community Level: Enhancing Native Plant Biodiversity. The aim of this initiative is to improve understanding of native plant diversity and facilitate the sharing of information. It does so by encouraging communication, networking and collaboration among diverse groups and active individuals who are involved in environmental stewardship in their communities.
The Canadian Museum of Nature's Canadian Centre for Biodiversity is proud to present this Web site, which was generously funded by The Salamander Foundation.
The southern maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) prefers a warm and humid climate, in shaded, moist sites on calcareous and porous rock. In Canada, those conditions are met near mineral-rich hot springs, but in only two locations. These are in southeastern British Columbia, on the private property of a commercial hot-spring resort. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has designated the species in Canada as endangered. The two populations are threatened by recreational activities and development, and, although the fern reproduces sexually through spores and vegetatively through rhizomes, the Canadian populations are no longer producing spores.