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Tony Frates
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Endangered Species Day 2016
(Note: this is a posting that was distributed on the UNPS list serve today) It's here: Endangered Species Day 2016. Occurring within Utah are 25 plant species that currently are listed under the Endangered Species Act (12 of those are designated as "endange...

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the utah listing preclusion model
The Utah Listing Preclusion Model An American Bar Association environment and energy resources section article (author unknown) is referring to Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing avoidance tactics in Utah as the Utah Listing Preclusion Model. See: Conserv...

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Deseret milkvetch delisting deja vu
Utah's ESA listed Astragalus desereticus (Deseret milkvetch) is again in the news.  Astragalus desereticus (Ben Franklin, Utah Natural Heritage Program) The  Western Area Power Administration  (WAPA) petitioned to delist it in on October 6, 2015 claiming to...

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Desert milkvetch delisting deja vu
Utah's ESA listed Astragalus desereticus (Deseret milkvetch) is again in the news.  Astragalus desereticus (Ben Franklin, Utah Natural Heritage Program) The  Western Area Power Administration  (WAPA) petitioned to delist it in on October 6, 2015 claiming to...

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Cactus poachers we are watching you
An excellent article on a longstanding topic appeared in The Atlantic on February 22, 2016: Busting Cactus Smugglers in the American West: How undercover agents infiltrated the global black market for cacti  (by J. Weston Phippen).    The genus name in the ...

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Lions and penstemons deserve equivalent consideration
Few understand that the the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973 is global in its intended scope; it is about the entire planet, and a new way of thinking about it. And that's one of the things that makes it one of the most intelligent and forward-thinking l...
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