Rare Plant Rescue

 

Photo credit: A. Enns

Rare Plant Rescue (RPR) is a voluntary stewardship program for landowners with rare plants or rare plant habitat.

Launched by Nature Saskatchewan in 2002, RPR aims to conserve rare plant habitat by building strong, respectful relationships with landowners and providing them with the information they need to make informed stewardship decisions. It is modeled after Nature Saskatchewan's successful Operation Burrowing Owl program.

Rural landowners with habitat supporting endangered and threatened plant species are informed of this natural heritage and invited to sign a voluntary stewardship agreement. RPR staff conduct rare plant surveys on participants’ land, and return periodically to monitor the status of any plant species at risk occurrences that are found.

Currently, 79 private landowners participate in RPR, and together are conserving over 103,954 acres (42,069 hectares) of valuable rare plant habitat while they continue to use their land as they always have.

For more information please see the RPR Brochure.

To contact the Rare Plant Rescue Coordinator, please call (306) 780-9417, 1-800-667-4668 or email at rpr@naturesask.ca

For more resources on Saskatchewan's Rare Plants please visit our resources page

For more information on the benefits of stewardship, please visit our Stewards of Saskatchewan page

 

“Taking part in the Stewards of Saskatchewan and the Rare Plant Rescue program has helped us to realize that we can still play an important conservation role, although we are but a very small part of the big picture of Nature in the province of Saskatchewan.”

-Rare Plant Rescue Participant

 

 

What are our rarest plants?

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Rare Plant Rescue is focusing on the following nine species protected both provincially and federally as threatened, endangered or extirpated (no longer found in Saskatchewan, but still present in other places.)

  • Small White Lady's-slipper (Extirpated) (Cypripedium candidum)
  • Tiny Cryptantha (Threatened) (Cryptantha minima)
  • Hairy Prairie-clover (Special Concern) (Dalea villosa var. villosa)
  • Western Spiderwort (Threatened) (Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis)
  • Small-flowered Sand-verbena (Endangered) (Tripterocalyx micranthus)
  • Slender Mouse-ear-cress (Threatened) (Transberingia bursifolia ssp. virgata)
  • Buffalograss (Special Concern) (Bouteloua dactyloides)
  • Smooth Goosefoot (Threatened) (Chenopodium subglabrum)
  • Dwarf Woollyheads (Special Concern) (Psilocarphus brevissimus var. brevissimus)

     

Rare Plant Rescue also tracks the following seven provincially rare plants species as well as other rare plants (as determined by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre):

  • Bur Ragweed (Ambrosia acanthicarpa)

    Photo credit: M. Ranalli

  • Prickly Milk Vetch (Astragalus kentrophyta var. kentrophyta)
  • Powell's Saltbush (Atriplex powellii var. powellii)
  • Plains Grape Fern (Botrychium campestre)
  • Upland Evening Primrose (Neoholmgrenia andina)
  • Small Lupine (Lupinus pusillus ssp. pusillus)
  • Beaked Annual Skeleton Weed (Shinnersoseris rostrata)

Click here to see more photos of RPR target species

 

 

 

 

 

Rare plants and ranchers

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Are you a Saskatchewan rancher with rare plants on your land? Are you interested in having a Beneficial Management Plan done up for your farm by a professional agrologist, and access to dollar-for-dollar funding to implement management actions (e.g. invasive species control) that are beneficial for your ranching operation and the rare plants on your land? And the best part…..it is completely FREE!!!

If so, check out Rare Plants and Ranchers, our exciting new joint program with the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan!

 
For more resources, including the Pocket Guide to the Rare Plants of Southern Saskatchewan, click here to visit our resources page.

For more information on the benefits of stewardship, please visit our Stewards of Saskatchewan Page.

 

Photo credit: A. Block