New York Natural Heritage Program
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Albany, NY 12233-4757
office: (518) 402-8951
Steve received his B.S. in Environmental and Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and his M.S. in Taxonomic Botany from the University of Florida.
Steve is in his 27th year as chief botanist for the New York Natural Heritage Program, a program of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry but based in the DEC in downtown Albany. He has visited over 1000 sites across the state inventorying and studying its rare plants. He is one of the authors of the online New York Rare Plant Conservation Guides and the New York Rare Plant Status Lists. He is also the founder of the Adirondack Botanical Society, coordinator of the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area from 2010-2016, and secretary of the New York Flora Association.
New York Rare Plant Status Lists
Citation: Young, Stephen M. 2010. New York Rare Plant Status Lists. New York Natural Heritage Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY. June 2010. 97 pp.
This publication contains the Active Inventory List, Watch Lists, Review List, and Phenology List for all of the state and federally endangered, threatened and rare plants in New York State.
To download the 2010 list click here.
Plum Island Biodiversity Inventory
Citation: Schlesinger, M.D., E.L. White, S.M. Young, G.J. Edinger, K.A. Perkins, N. Schoppmann, and D. Parry. 2016. Biodiversity Inventory of Plum Island, New York. New York Natural Heritage Program, Albany, New York, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
In this report we present the results of our year-long inventory of Plum Island, conducted in 2015. We also bring in data compiled for our earlier report (below) and species lists from colleagues to provide the most complete picture to date of Plum Island's biodiversity. We also make recommendations for management, restoration, and future inventory and monitoring.
To download the 2016 report click here.
Biodiversity and ecological potential of Plum Island, New York
Citation: Schlesinger, M.D., A.L. Feldmann, and S.M. Young. 2012. Biodiversity and ecological potential of Plum Island, New York. New York Natural Heritage Program, Albany, New York.
In this report we document the historical and current known biodiversity, including natural communities and plant and animal species, of Plum Island, New York. We also note potentially undiscovered rare species and the potential of the island to support additional species with management and restoration. We draw from published literature, museum specimens, recent surveys, and expert opinion to form a comprehensive ecological picture of the history of the island’s biodiversity and its current status.
To download the 2012 report, click here.
To download Appendix C, click here.