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Plants of Concern

Plants of Concern

is run by the

Chicago Botanic Garden

in partnership with

Chicago Wilderness

and the

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Open the Plants of Concern website



Plants of Concern is a citizen science-based rare plant monitoring program in the Chicago Region. Developed in 2001, it how has collected long-term census data on 205 species at 245 sites in 710 separate element occurrences. More than 200 volunteers are involved each year. Threats and invasive species are also recorded. The data is housed in a master Access database and is shared with the Illinois Natural Heritage Database but more importantly with individual landowners to help guide their management decisions.


Open the Plants of Concern website



Topic - rare plants, monitoring, citizen science

Audience - adults, grad students, conservation volunteers

Location - Chicagoland, NE Illinois, NW Indiana, SE Wisconsin

Goals - monitoring/research for restoration/conservation



Susanne Masi, Manager of Regional Floristics/Chicago Botanic Garden  email Susanne


Pati Vitt, Manager, Conservation Programs/Chicago Botanic Garden  email Pati


Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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