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Here are some things that you can do to support the conservation of rare and endangered plant species:

  • Plant native plant species grown from seed in your home garden.

  • Volunteer to work with rare plant monitoring or restoration efforts at your local botanical garden or conservation organization.

  • Practice good land stewardship on your own property.

  • Avoid planting invasive, non-native plants in your garden or yard, and assist with efforts to remove them from your neighborhood.

  • Help to teach your neighbors and friends about rare plants.

  • Document local plant species through photographs and illustrations.

  • Reduce your energy use.

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