Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation (Rare Care)

Rare Care botanical survey volunteers

Photo courtesy Stacy Kinsell

The University of Washington Botanic Gardens Rare Care program works with public agencies and conservation groups to carry out botanical surveys around Washington State. Two volunteers (Susan Ballinger and Richard Fleenor) pictured above joined Rare Care and Department of Natural Resources staff on two outings to survey Two Steppe Natural Area Preserve in Douglas County. By compiling a robust species list for Two Steppe Natural Area Preserve and others like it, Rare Care increases understanding of the state’s flora diversity and prioritize seed collections to add to the Miller Seed Vault. The Miller Foundation provides annual support for Rare Care and the Seed Vault.