Rare Plants

Four pictures of rare plants: Townsendia aprica, Fritillaria gentneri, Iris lacustris, and Echinocereus fendleri var. kuenzleri framing the text Rare Plants.

“Caring for the land and serving people”, the mission of the U.S. Forest Service, means caring for rare plants and their habitats, and helping people learn about these special plants on our national forests and grasslands.

The Endangered Species Act at 40

Water howellia flower.
Water howellia flower. Swan Valley, Montana.

In 1973, when the Endangered Species Act became law, the landscape of plant conservation was a very different than it is today. What a difference forty years makes! Advances in information exchange makes it possible now to decide with better certainty which plants are rare, where they grow, what threats they face, and what can be done to conserve and restore them. On this 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the Forest Service celebrates some remarkable stories of Endangered and Threatened plant and animal recovery, and also its Sensitive Species program.

Read more about the Endangered Species Act at 40…