Plants in the News
Graham’s beardtongue (Penstemon grahamii) and White River beardtongue (Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis):
• On August 5th, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew their proposal to list Graham’s beardtongue and White River beardtongue under the Endangered Species Act. A conservation agreement has been finalized between county, state and federal partners to reduce threats and promote the long-term persistence of these two species across their ranges in the Uinta Basin of Utah and Colorado.
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Local News Articles:
• Salt Lake Tribune, “Deal Reached to halt endangered listing for Utah flowers”
• Courthouse News Service, “Oil Shale Development Threatens Rare Plants”.
• KUER, “Wildflowers Proposed for Endangered Species List”
• Salt Lake Tribune, “Feds propose listing two plants found only over Utah oil shale”
Gierisch’s globemallow (Sphaeralcea gierischii):
• Salt Lake Tribune reports that the globemallow was listed as endangered in 2013 due to threats from gypsum mining and motorized recreation. Read the article.
• Photography professor Dornith Doherty shares her work documenting international efforts for preserving biodiversity through seed banks, or as she calls them, “libraries of life”, in a 15-minute TEDx talk entitled “Archiving Eden”
Seeds of Success and Native Plant Materials Research
• In June 2014, President Obama released a memorandum creating a federal strategy to promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators. This “Pollinator Health Task Force” specifically includes recommendations for the use of native plants and their materials, which directly pertains to our department’s participation in the BLM Seeds of Success program. White House Press Release.
• A response to this presidential memorandum was published by NatureServe on June 19th, 2014 entitled “Confronting the Plight of Pollinators”