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Old 12-17-2008, 09:05 PM   #1
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In a world where conservation budgets are insufficient given the number of species threatened with extinction, identifying conservation priorities is crucial.

The biodiversity hotspots hold especially high numbers of endemic species, yet their combined area of remaining habitat covers only 2.3 percent of the Earth's land surface.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:46 PM   #2
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This is a biodiversity hotspot in the US-
http://www.conservation.org/explore/priority_areas/hotspots/north_central_america/California-Floristic-Province/Pages/default.aspx

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The California Floristic Province is a zone of Mediterranean-type climate and has the high levels of plant endemism characteristic of these regions.

The hotspot is home to the giant sequoia, the planet's largest living organism and its taller but less massive relative, the coastal redwood. This region also holds a number of threatened endemic species such as the giant kangaroo rat and the desert slender salamander, and some of the last individuals of the Critically Endangered California condor can still be found here. In fact, it is the largest avian breeding ground in the United States.

Wilderness destruction caused by commercial farming is a major threat for the region as the California Floristic Province generates half of all the agricultural products used by U.S. consumers. The hotspot is also heavily threatened by the expansion of urban areas, pollution, and road construction.
Check out the species, threats, and projects tabs when you go over there.
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