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Wisconsin wants rare plant detectives

Plant lovers and others who enjoy searching for rare plants (some call it botanizing) can put their passion to work by helping the Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program track down rare plant populations.Free rare plant volunteer training sessio...

Plant lovers and others who enjoy searching for rare plants (some call it botanizing) can put their passion to work by helping the Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program track down rare plant populations.
Free rare plant volunteer training sessions are set for March and April in Cable, Green Bay, Oconomowoc and River Falls.
Volunteers who complete the training will be sent out this spring and summer to check on some of Wisconsin's rarest and most beautiful native plants in some of the state's most pristine places, said Kevin Doyle, who coordinates the Rare Plant Monitoring Program for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Conservation Program.
The information volunteers collect is provided to property managers and added to the Natural Heritage Inventory, a statutorily required system of collection, storage and management of rare species information. DNR staff use inventory information when developing master plans for state properties and conservation strategies for species and communities and when reviewing proposed projects to ensure they avoid impacts to rare species and in conducting research.
In 2017, citizen scientists submitted data on 185 surveys - more information on Wisconsin's rare plants than all previous years combined.
The Rare Plant Monitoring Program is funded largely by the DNR Endangered Resources Fund. Donate now through your Wisconsin income tax form and your donation is doubled.
For more information, contact Kevin Doyle at 608-416-3377.

Katie Rohman has served as the managing editor of the Duluth News Tribune since 2019. She started with Duluth Media Group in 2017 as regional editor of the Superior Telegram, Pine Journal, Lake County News-Chronicle, Eastern Observer and Western Weekly. She has worked in newspapers around the Midwest since 2004.
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