Help Preserve and Protect Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Plants
in the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
The C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP) is beloved by millions for its natural beauty, rich recreational opportunities, and accessibility for over five million visitors. What is less well known is that it is one of the most biologically diverse national parks in the nation. Since its creation in 1971, over 1,500 plant species have been identified in the Park, including 200 rare, threatened, or endangered (RTE) plants, some of which are globally rare and unique. But that number appears to be dwindling. Between 2008 and 2021, just over 100 previously identified RTE species were found along the C&O Canal.
We are committed to preserving and protecting our Park’s incredible natural resources, but we need your help. Together, we can make a difference and ensure these plants do not go extinct.