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New England's Native Plants Are In Serious Decline, New Report Shows

Pauline Rosenberg
New England Aster is one of the varieties of native plants that has been declining, according to a new study put out by the New England Wildflower Society.

Many of New England's native plants are in serious trouble, according to a new report released today by the New England Wildflower Society.

The study looked at more than 3,500 known plant species and determined that 22 percent are considered rare, in decline, endangered – or even extinct.

Elizabeth Farnsworth, a senior research ecologist and one of the authors of the report, joined VPR to talk about their findings and what a declining native plant population means for the environment.

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