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Research Article

Accounting for Ecosystem Alteration Doubles Estimates of Conservation Risk in the Conterminous United States

  • Randy Swaty mail,

    rswaty@tnc.org

    Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Marquette, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Kori Blankenship,

    Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Bend, Oregon, United States of America

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  • Sarah Hagen,

    Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Joseph Fargione,

    Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Jim Smith,

    Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Jeannie Patton

    Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Published: August 05, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0023002

About the Authors

Randy Swaty
The Nature Conservancy, Marquette, Michigan, United States of America
Kori Blankenship
The Nature Conservancy, Bend, Oregon, United States of America
Sarah Hagen, Joseph Fargione
The Nature Conservancy, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
Jim Smith
The Nature Conservancy, Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
Jeannie Patton
The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: rswaty@tnc.org

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RS KB JS JF. Performed the experiments: RS KB SH. Analyzed the data: RS KB SH JF. Wrote the paper: RS KB JF JS JP.