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.
• August 2015, the U.S. Interior Department Releases the National Seed Strategy for Landscape Scale Rehabilitation and Restoration. The National Seed Strategy outlines a comprehensive plan for interagency partnerships meant to guide ecological restoration across major landscapes, especially for those lands damaged by rangeland fires, invasive species, severe storms and drought. The Strategy is in place to put emphasis on the importance of planting appropriate seeds to help grow plant life and pollinator habitat, which are critical natural defenses against climate change. The vision of the strategy is to ensure that the "right seed is in the right place at the right time". Department of the Interior Press Release
• 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”