Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum

POSTPONED Until Fall 2020 • Penn State Beaver Campus
General Classroom Building (GCB) Room 115A • Monaca, PA 15061

The PA Rare Plant Forum Committee is working to find a way to show you this year’s proposals here on this page. So please come back soon!

Registration will resume when the Forum is rescheduled. As always, attendance is free. Bring your own lunch.

Fellow Botanical Enthusiasts,

The 2020 Rare Plant Forum will be rescheduled for the fall at the Penn State Beaver Campus in Monaca, PA. The meeting will be taking place in the General Classroom Building (GCB) Room 115A. More details will follow.

The PA Rare Plant Forum serves as an opportunity for concerned citizens and plant enthusiasts to discuss changes to the regulatory status of PA Plant species. These discussions are used by DCNR, along with data from the PA Heritage Program and the recommendations of PA Vascular Plant Technical Committee, to update PA’s plant regulations.

The Committee plans a botanical hike at nearby Raccoon Creek State Park, which would take place following the PPCN stakeholder meeting. More details to follow.

The PA Plant Conservation Network (PPCN) annual stakeholder meeting will take place on the Friday before the rescheduled Rare Plant Forum, so keep coming back for news on that. The meeting will be held in the Student Union Building (SUB) Room 16. Learn about developments from the program and how to get involved!

If you have a rare plant project that you are currently working on OR are interested in starting, the PPCN is actively seeking projects to support and amplify through our network. Our meeting will provide an opportunity to hear about a variety of species-based and habitat-based projects in the state.

Meet other conservationists, share resources, and strategize efforts!

Registration will resume when a new date is set. Contact Kristi Allen ( for more details about giving a brief presentation on your project. This event is also free!

Please watch for updated information regarding both events. We look forward to seeing you there!

PA Rare Plant Forum Committee
Mark Bowers
Steve Grund
Jessica McPherson
Scott Schuette
Kelly Sitch
Kristi Allen (PPCN Coordinator)

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.