Current and Recent Projects

Our work focuses on the flora of the Intermountain West, with a particular focus on the Colorado Plateau. The majority of our projects occur within Utah, although we do occasionally venture into neighboring states.

Project: Packera franciscana (San Francisco Peaks ragwort) seed viability testing and germination protocol development
Plant Status: Listed Threatened
Threats: Partner: U.S. Forest Service
Duration: Throughout 2013
Summary: We were sent two accessions of seeds that were used in a series of trials to test their viability and germination rates, as well as to develop successful germination protocols.

Project: Penstemon grahamii (Graham’s beardtongue) and Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis (White River beardtongue) long-term demographic and population monitoring
Plant Statuses: Proposed Threatened
Threats: Oil and gas exploration, tar sand and oil shale mining, off-road vehicle use, and grazing. All threats are exacerbated by small population sizes and limited distribution.
Partner: BLM
Duration: Ongoing. Initiated in 2004.
Summary: Over the ten consecutive years of this monitoring project, we have collected demographic and population trend data from these species to inform management decisions. The project has grown to include propagation studies, ex-situ care of living specimens, and seed collection for ex-situ conservation.

Project: Penstemon grahamii and Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis survey
Plant Statuses: Proposed Threatened
Threats: Oil and gas exploration, tar sand and oil shale mining, off-road vehicle use, and grazing. All threats are exacerbated by small population sizes and limited distribution.
Partner: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Duration: Ongoing. Initiated in 2011.
Summary: Our survey work for PEGR and PESCA is the continuation of a survey begun in 2007. With the information we collect, we can create a better picture of the plants’ habitat range and population demographics.

Project: Sclerocactus Wetlandicus (Uinta Basin hookless cactus) transplanting and monitoring
Plant Status: Listed Threatened
Threats: Development, including energy extraction and road building. Illegal collection and livestock trampling are also concerns.
Partner: Questar Pipeline Company
Duration: Transplanting took place in 2011. Monitoring occurred in 2012 and 2013.
Summary: We transplanted these threatened cacti out of the right-of-way of a natural gas pipeline, which had never been attempted before. We then monitored both transplanted and control population for two consecutive seasons to assess the success of transplanting.

Project: Sphearalcea gierischii (Gierisch globemallow) propagation and reintroduction
Plant Status: Listed Endangered
Threats: Gypsum mining and off-road vehicle recreation.
Partner: BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Duration: Ongoing. Initiated in 2011.
Summary: We are collecting seed for long-term ex-situ conservation, developing ex-situ germination and propagation protocols, and testing seed viability. We’re also conducting in-situ germination, propagation, and transplant studies at a trial reintroduction site to assess the feasibility of reintroduction. This species was listed as endangered in 2013, a decision that was informed by our data.

Project: Rare and endangered seed collection for ex-situ conservation, a.k.a. seed banking.
Partner: Center for Plant Conservation (CPC)
Duration:
Summary: Seed banking is a long-term method for conserving the diversity of plant species. Seeds of rare, threatened and endangered plants are collected and stored with low moisture content at low temperatures, thereby extending their lifespan. These collections preserve genetic material away from the threat of habitat destruction. We store a portion of seed in our on-site seed bank; another portion is sent to the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, CO.

Project: Seeds of Success (SOS)
Partner:BLM and Center for Plant Conservation (CPC)
Duration:
Summary: Each year we survey an ecological region for abundant, native plants from which seed can be collected. In 2013, we complete more than 30 collections. Seeds are banked for future use in habitat restoration and rehabilitation. Herbarium specimens are also collected, which are divvied up between Red Butte Garden, the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and the Smithsonian Institute.


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CONTACT
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LOCATION
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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