Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum

Hello, fellow botanical enthusiasts,

We are happy to announce that the 2021 PA Rare Plant Forum will take place virtually on Saturday, April 17th. The hours are 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Virtual Forum Zoom access details are provided at right. No organized field trip will be planned for this Spring.

Updated 2021 RPF Status Change Proposals are presented in this PDF. Send your comments on these proposals to Scott Schuette,

Please feel free to reach out to anyone on the Forum Committee if you have any questions.

All the best,

The PA Rare Plant Forum Committee
Mark Bowers
Steve Grund
Jessica McPherson
Scott Schuette
Kelly Sitch

Get involved!  
As mentioned at the 2014 Rare Plant Forum, the PA Natural Heritage Program is participating in a collaborative project to help update the conservation status of several mysterious plant species. We are trying to find as many locations of these plants as possible, in order to learn enough about them to assign them the right status ranks. You can download an identification guide, organized by region, here.

PNHP is asking people to keep their eyes open for these species and report any potential sightings in the field. There was a little talk about the role of Rare Plant Forum attendees in the data gathering process — and this may be just the opportunity you are looking for!

If interested, please contact Jessica McPherson, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program / Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, at or 412-586-2362.

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