Plants of Concern – A Citizen Science Rare Plant Monitoring Program
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, including profiles of several volunteers in the program, 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.