Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum

Saturday April 21, 20189 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Powdermill Nature Reserve
1847 PA-381, Rector, PA 15677

Register for the 2018 Rare Plant Forum here!  As always, attendance is free.

Fellow Plant Conservation Partners:

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 PA Rare Plant Forum will take place on Saturday, April 21st at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

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.

Field Trip. As in years past, we will also be coordinating a field day on Friday afternoon (April 20th) in the vicinity of Powdermill. This year’s field trip will meet in the parking area at Grove Run Trail in Linn Run State Park, a nice location only a few miles from Powdermill.  You’ll find the field trip details in the column at right, just below the 2018 RPF agenda.

Lodging. Below are some food and lodging options in Ligonier (about 8 miles north of Powdermill):
Ramada Inn
Ligonier Country Inn

You’ll find additional food and lodging in nearby locations:
Foggy Mountain Lodge in Stahlstown
Holiday Inn Express in Donegal
Days Inn in Donegal
Linn Run State Park near Rector

Food. There are several in the quiet little downtown of Ligonier as well as some options outside of town. In addition to those in Ligonier there are:
The Wine Bar in Stahlstown
Out of the Fire in Donegal

We encourage you to explore and choose one that suits your tastes.

Please let us know if you are considering presenting any change-in-status proposals.  Please contact either Steve Grund or Jessica McPherson immediately and we can work with you to develop the proposal. All proposals will be due for final review by April 6th.  As in recent years, there will also be an opportunity at the RPF to discuss and present “field target” species that may be of interest but not quite ready for proposal.

For the minutes and proposal decisions from the 2017 Rare Plant Forum as well as updated information about the 2018 Rare Plant Forum Proposals, please visit this page on​.


The 2018 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.