Wisconsin agency, university work to save rare plant

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WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater are working together to find a way to save one of the state's rarest plants.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports the university has been working on growing seedlings of Fassett's locoweed in a lab for the past few years. DNR will soon transport the seedlings to a lakeshore where the plant hasn't been seen in 15 years.

Nic Tippery is associate professor of biology at the university. He says researchers have been able to study what the plant needs to succeed. He says researchers hope giving the plant more time to develop before planting will help the seedlings flourish.

Researchers say the plant is unique to Wisconsin and only found in Portage, Waushara and Bayfield counties.