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Volunteers search for rare plants, find one surprise

July 24, 2020 by Beckie Gaskill


Wisconsin has 2,366 native plant species, according to the Rare Plant Monitoring Program. Of those, 14.5%, or 344 are considered rare. Rare plants can be classified as endangered, threatened, or of special concern. 

The Rare Plant Monitoring Program consists of a network of trained volunteers who take to the landscape to survey populations of rare plants, always hoping to find bigger populations, sometimes expanding into different areas. Sixty of those citizen scientists submitted 25...

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