Plants of Concern

Citizen Science Rare Plant Monitoring Program

About Plants of Concern

Volunteers in the field

Plants of Concern, created in 2000, is a regional rare-plant monitoring program designed to assess long-term trends in rare-plant populations. It is a flexible collaboration of public and nongovernmental conservation agencies, landowners, and volunteer groups, guided by an advisory group of land managers, scientists, and volunteers. The program is founded on four core tenets:

  • Train volunteers as citizen scientists to monitor rare-plant populations and become conservation advocates
  • Monitor endangered, threatened, and locally rare plant species using standardized protocols
  • Assess long-term trends in rare-plant populations in response to management activities and/or threats to populations
  • Provide information on population trends and potential threats to the populations to public and private landowners, land managers, and agencies as feedback to help determine future management practices

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