Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum

Saturday April 29, 20179 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Wilkes Barre University • Wilkes Barre, PA
137 S. Franklin St. • Room 107 Breiseth Hall, #39 on the Wilkes map:
Best parking is in the garage on Main Street (building 52 on the right side of the map)

REGISTER FOR THE RARE PLANT FORUM HERE! Attendance is free, as always.


Hello Everyone,

On behalf of the Vascular Plant Technical Committee and the Rare Plant Forum Planning Committee, we encourage you to attend the 2017 Rare Plant Forum!

The 2017 Forum will be held at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA on Saturday April 29, 2017.

If you have been considering presenting a proposal for a status change, please contact Jessica McPherson (, 412-586-2362) as soon as possible. The deadline for proposals will be April 1st.

The Friday April 28 field trip will be at Arbutus Peak. Meeting place location and directions to the site: All interested participants will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, at the K-Mart parking lot off PA 309 in south Wilkes-Barre. The K-Mart is easily accessible from Exit 165 of I-81. You will then car pool south on PA 309 to the turn-off that leads to the gate at the entrance to the State Forest in which Arbutus Peak is located. John Levitsky will lead the tour to the site.

There are many hotels within a 1.5 mile radius of campus. Our host at Wilkes University, Dr. Ken Klemow, recommends these three:

Genetti Best Western (closest to campus):

Comfort Inn and Suites:

Hampton Inn:

More information will follow shortly — we apologize for the late start we’re getting this year.

We hope to see you in April!

The 2016 PA Rare Plant Forum Committee
Mark Bowers (
Jessica McPherson (
Scott Schuette (
Kelly Sitch (
Ephraim Zimmerman (

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.