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Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 13, No. 2, 2003. Copyright © 2003 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This book is a marvelous addition to the literature on rare vascular plants of Alberta and certainly the most comprehensive. It is itself rare through its inclusion of descriptions, illustrations, photographs, and distribution maps with species lists of rare vascular plants. The editors and many contributors have done magnificent work demonstrating that rare plant information is not static, but always changing as the status of rare plants is continually reviewed with new documentation. An appeal is even made to readers to enhance their awareness and assist with documentation of new rare plant sightings for subsequent status review and conservation. Clearly, the volume's intent is not only to help readers recognize rare vascular plants but to help them understand why they are rare, their significance, and the part we can all play in their conservation.