Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora (ACPF) are a unique group of unrelated plants that are mainly restricted to the flat land along the Atlantic Coast from Florida to Nova Scotia (NS) called the "Atlantic coastal plain". ACPF add much to the biodiversity of southwest Nova Scotia, they provide function and beauty to our lake shores and wetlands, and they need help from stewards to ensure that they persist for future generations.
Here's what you need to know about this unique and special group of plants:
- There are over 90 ACPF species in NS. Learn more about them by checking out the ACPF Identification and Information Guide!
- More than one-third of these plants occur no where else in Canada! Southwest Nova Scotia is a very special place.
- They are found throughout the province but the rare species are concentrated in the province's southwestern region.
- They grow in wet places such as lake and river shores, bogs, fens, and estuaries. Check out these habitats!
- Twelve of these plants are listed as "species at risk" which means that without conservation and recovery efforts, they are at risk of going extinct. They are protected under federal and provincial legislation.
- Almost half of these species are listed as 'at risk' or 'sensitive' by the provincial government and need help to make sure they are not lost.
- Nova Scotia contains some of the best remaining habitat for these species in the world.
- You can help recover these species and ensure they remain in NS for generations to come!
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