The goods and services of state and regional economies are dependent on the maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem function.
Many of our plants and animals and ecological communities are threatened with extinction (critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable) or extinct.
Our threatened plants, animals and ecological communities face a number of challenges including introduced species, climate change and loss of habitat. Protecting habitat and enacting conservation measures may be critical to the long term survival of threatened species and ecological communities.
Monitoring of the distribution and abundance of priority threatened plant and animal species is important to determine where conservation actions may be most effective and how populations are responding to management.