Plants of Concern – A Citizen Science Rare Plant Monitoring Program

The spring exhibit of the Nature Artists Guild features POC monitor, Carla Schmakel!
Susanne Masi, retired manager of the Plants of Concern program, was recently featured on Chicago Public Radio's Worldview.
Interested in birds? POC and Openlands are recruiting for birding volunteers to help out at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve in Highwood!
Help restore an ancient oak barrens landscape on a weekend trip in McHenry County!
We will be offering three training workshops this April in Lake, Cook, and Kane Counties. Registration begins February 1, 2014.

Plants of Concern (POC) engages a diverse, dedicated group of citizen scientists to monitor the Chicago Wilderness region's rarest plants, assessing trends in their populations, and providing important data used to conserve our rapidly declining floral heritage. Plants of Concern is coordinated by the Chicago Botanic Garden in partnership with local, state, federal and nonprofit agencies. 

For more information about POC click here.

Plants of Concern is made possible with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Preservation Fund, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Openlands, Sally Mead Hands Foundation, Waukegan Harbor Citizens' Advisory Group (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative), Alliance for the Great Lakes (Sustain Our Great Lakes), Garden Club of America, and The Nature Conservancy Volunteer Stewardship Network. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail the Plants of Concern research assistant.