Surf Your Region & Surf for Native Plants  




Native Plants
ISC-Audubon promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities.

Natural Regions & Potential Natural Vegetation Regions
Natural Vegetation and Potential Natural Vegetation maps depict the distribution of vegetation communities across the landscape. Increased interest in the reclamation and restoration of disturbed areas, and in the interaction of humans and the landscape, has spurred research and mapping of the historic and modern vegetation.

Proper planning and adequate care in implementing projects can help ensure that one activity within a watershed does not detrimentally impact the downstream environment. A watershed provides water for drinking, recreation, and agriculture, and is a rich source of biological diversity that includes habitat for many threatened and endangered species.

Ecological Systems
Ecological systems are categories which describe general ecological functions and processes. Upland (terrestrial), wetland (palustrine), and estuarine systems are included in this classification. The species lists for ecological communities are organized by regions and according to the following systems and classes.

The Landscape Restoration Handbook
Many features of the Surf Your Region and Surf for Native Plants website are based upon the Landscape Restoration Handbook, a publication of the United States Golf Association (USGA). The Landscape Restoration Handbook is the definitive resource for natural landscaping and ecological restoration planning and implementation.


Some of the information on the Surf for Native Plants comes from the following sources

  United States Environmental Protection Agency The Nature Conservancy - Environmental Conservation Organizations, Land Conservation Trust