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.

Endangered Plants - Federal Rules and Regulations

Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada cover.

The U.S. Endangered Species Act (Act) was passed on December 28, 1973, to provide a legal mechanism for the conservation of endangered and threatened species and the ecosystems upon which they depend. The Act places restrictions on a wide range of activities, involving endangered and threatened animals and plants, to help ensure their continued survival. With limited exceptions, the prohibited activities may not be carried out unless authorized by a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Read the Fish and Wildlife Service Fact Sheet (PDF)…

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…