Anna Morrison wrote -
Today, 17 percent of New England's native plant species are on the brink of being lost—and another 5 percent have already disappeared from the region. Seed banking is one critical strategy for conserving at-risk plant species. Over the next five years our goal is to collect and preserve seeds of the 387 globally and regionally rare species in New England, of which 10 occur nowhere else in the world. We aim to secure seeds from at least 2,000 of the 3,300 populations of these rare plants, which will enable us to preserve the range of genetic diversity and each species' ability to adapt to changing conditions. Native plants are the foundation of ecosystems and provide the basic functions and structure on which all life—and the food chain that leads to our own dinner tables—depends. The loss of a single plant species can disrupt an intricate web supporting myriad plants and animals. In New England, rare plant species have lost, on average, 67 percent of their known range and face a combination of 5 threats, from invasive species to habitat conversion to climate change. We must take action to save the most imperiled plants. Help us meet the challenge of the Hope Goddard Iselin Foundation to multiply its gift of $500,000 into the $5 million needed to save New England's rare and endangered plants. Your donation supports seed collection throughout New England, seed processing, long-term storage, and regular testing of the seed for viability. Donate today to save imperiled plants!