In the United States, the Missouri bladderpod is a rare plant that is protected under the Endangered Species Act. For this reason, park managers at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield protect Missouri bladderpod populations within the park. These actions include protecting the plant from harm, such as digging or trampling. Managers, however, can also create better conditions for the plant. For example, prescribed fire and tree removal at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield improve the habitat quality for the bladderpod
Monitoring Questions and Approach
- Where are Missouri bladderpod populations found within the battlefield?
- How many individual plants make up each population and how does that change over time?
- Within selected glades, how is the habitat changing, especially the amount of Eastern red cedar, a tree which may spread in glades?