BioBlitz; New Jersey

Conserving the Rare Plants of New York

Friday, November 6, 2020

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Third Annual New York City EcoFlora Conference

Since 1800 an estimated 500 species of plants have disappeared from the New York City flora. These species can be found outside the City, but are no longer found in the five boroughs. Another 250 species are thought to be rare in the City, known from only one or two populations.

Join the foremost practitioners in the conservation of rare plants in New York State and New York City as they present the methods used to monitor and conserve rare species and what the public can do to help.

A Q&A session will follow the presentations.


About the New York City EcoFlora Project

Learn more about The New York City EcoFlora project, engaging New Yorkers in protecting and preserving the City’s native plant species, and assembling new, original observations and data on the City’s flora to better inform policy decisions about management and conservation of the City’s natural resources.


View of central park trees


10 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction from the Host & Moderator
Brian M. Boom, Curator Emeritus, The New York Botanical Garden

10:10 a.m.
Keeping Track of New York’s Rare Plants: The New York Natural Heritage Program and Rare Plant Exploration
Steve Young, Chief Botanist for the New York Natural Heritage Program, a program of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

10:40 a.m.
Documenting and Protecting the Rare Plants of New York City
Clara Holmes, Field Scientist, Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources, at New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

11:10 p.m.
How Do We Know What’s Rare and What’s Common?
Daniel Atha, Director of Conservation Outreach at The New York Botanical Garden

11:40 p.m.

12 p.m.
Conference concludes

The Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection.


Photo Credit
Seabeach Amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus), a federally threatened species, is known from approximately 50 populations on barrier beaches from New York to South Carolina. Measures to protect Turtles and Plovers also benefit the plant. Photo by Daniel Atha

The New York Botanical Garden gratefully acknowledges the collaboration of the New York Flora Association, The New York Natural Heritage Program, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Financial Support for the Conference
This Conference was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MG-70-19-0057-19]

Financial Support for the Humanities Institute
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation