With the current rate of climate change, many landscapes in the United States will have climates that are incompatible with current vegetation by the end of the century. One adaptation strategy at the nexus of native plant transfer guidelines and climate change is assisted migration, also known as managed relocation, defined as the intentional movement of plants in response to climate change. Although researchers propose frameworks and guidelines on how to apply assisted migration of native plants, there is no consensus on implementation in the U.S. because of ecological and economic concerns and lack of supporting data.
To identify knowledge gaps and provide a central foundation for collaboration, researchers compiled a literary database about native plant transfer guidelines, climate change, and assisted migration. The database connects all pieces of information from peer-review journal articles to decision-support tools.
This database can help inform scientists, land managers, and university students about climate change and assisted migration through presentations and publications that cover the historical, biological, social, legal, and ethical aspects of assisted migration.