REGION
Southern Illinois
Plants of Concern - Southern Illinois started in 2021 through a partnership with the Chicago Botanic Garden and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. A gift from an anonymous foundation supports the project for two years. Plants of Concern staff at SIU collaborate with River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area staff to engage community scientists monitoring rare plants in southern Illinois.
Chris Benda
Coordinator
Southern Illinois Region
David Gibson
Director
Southern Illinois Region
Nick Seaton
Outreach Contractor
Southern Illinois Region
Policies

Confidentiality Form

Plants of Concern monitors must sign a Confidentiality Form, where monitors agree to not share the location of rare plant species with individuals outside of POC. Given the scarcity of these species, poaching and seed collecting without permission pose serious threats to these populations. Location information may only be shared with POC staff, the appropriate land managers, and other volunteers who will be assisting with monitoring. Keeping this information confidential is crucial for conservation.

Photography and Social Media

In order to keep location information confidential, we ask our monitors to use caution when photographing rare species and sharing photos online. Follow these practices when photographing and posting rare plants:

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

  • Never share site and species

  • Avoid geotagged pictures

    • Check the location settings on your phone or camera

    • Geotagging can be turned off

iNaturalist

  • Don't post POC species on the same day as common species

  • Don't post POC species in site bioblitzes

  • Ensure the location is fuzzed

If you're not sure, don't share!

Ideally, avoid posting POC species online and send your photos to POC staff. Photos are essential for our website and training materials; we would love to feature your work!