Annual Utah Rare Plant Meeting 2015
Date March 10th, 2015, 8AM – 4PM.
This annual meeting is co-hosted with the Utah Native Plant Society, with assistance from the Garrett Herbarium at the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU). The meeting provides a forum where professionals and plant enthusiasts alike can gather to exchange critical information, concerns, and successes about Utah's rare plant species. Attendees frequently include federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, private consultants, university researchers and students, and citizens. This event is open to the public, and will be held in the Swaner Forum at the Natural History Museum of Utah this year. We have moved the location of the meeting in order to accommodate a growing number of attendees this year, and we are looking forward to partnering with our neighbors at the NHMU to host this meeting just next door to Red Butte Garden. Please visit the Utah Rare Plant Meeting page for more information on registering for this event.
Jason Alexander, Utah Native Plant Society
Catherine Cort, Red Butte Garden Conservation Assistant
Plants in the News
Graham’s beardtongue (Penstemon grahamii) and White River beardtongue (Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis):
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list both species as threatened in August, 2013. Read more from FWS, including the Proposed Rule.
• 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”
• 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.
For more information, please visit:
• Salt Lake Tribune, “Deal Reached to halt endangered listing for Utah flowers”
• We can still keep the other Penstemon news articles, I just wanted to add the most recent news to the top of that section.
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”