The Anoka Sand Plain (ASP) Rare Plant Rescue Program had a busy year in 2023! Thanks to the assistance of partners and volunteers, we:
- Rescued over 900 state threatened and endangered plants from 3 new sites!
- Transplanted over 600 rescued plants and species from seed germination trials.
- Collected seed from 5 rare plant ASP populations for genetic preservation in the MN Landscape Arboretum's Rare Plant Seed Bank.
- Began stem cutting and/or germination experimentations on Gaylussacia baccata (Black Huckleberry) and Rubus sp. (Bristle-berries).
- Collaborated with the City of Blaine to adjust land management practices around a rare population of Endangered Aristida longespica (Slimspike Three-awn).
- Implemented follow-up monitoring of previous rescue transplants to calculate survival and record success rates of locations and methods.
- Plants rescued in 2023 are overwintering at the MN Landscape Arboretum and will be ready to move into their new homes in 2024.
- As habitat loss continues, we will continue to seek out and survey new suitable habitats for the rescued transplants.
- Research efforts will continue as we expand our knowledge about these rare species.
- Conservation plans are being developed for the rare species of the ASP, outlining methods and protocols for plant rescue and conservation.