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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.
Contacts:
Jason Alexander, Utah Native Plant Society
Alexanja@uvu.edu

Catherine Cort, Red Butte Garden Conservation Assistant
Catherine.cort@redbutte.utah.edu, 801-585-5853

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.

For more information, please visit:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Penstemon Webpage

Copy of the Final Conservation Agreement

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.

Seed Banking
• 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”

Plant Resources:

USDA Plants Database

NatureServe Explorer: An Online Encyclopedia of Life


HOURS
Jan 2-Mar 31: 9 am-5 pm
Apr 1-30: 9 am-7:30pm
May 1-Aug 31: 9 am-9 pm*
Sept 1-30: 9 am-7:30 pm*
Oct 1-Dec 23: 9 am-5 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day
and Dec 24-Jan 1

*Days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, hours are 9 am-5 pm.

Only Service Animals are allowed in the Garden

GENERAL ADMISSION

Members: Free
Adults (ages 18-64): $10
Seniors (ages 65+): $8
Military w/ID: $8
Children (ages 3-17): $6
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $8
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

Groups (12 or more) $1 off ea. person

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February

CONTACT
(801)585-0556

LOCATION
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
How to Get Here

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