The Southeast United States was recently identified as a key area for national protection of species biodiversity by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
According to Southern Environment, “researchers mapped the ranges of species within six groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fish, and trees, and then compared those ranges to existing protected lands. The data revealed a geographic mismatch. Protected lands are primarily in the western states, but biodiversity is greatest in the Southeast, where far less land is protected.”
The Southeast scored high as a focal region for native biodiversity as it hosts the most endemic species in the country.
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