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Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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DWR: Utah Threatened and Endangered Plant Inventory


July 2015 - June 2017


This project is part of the Utah Natural Heritage Program (UNHP) botany plan to update and gather new information on all federally listed, candidate and otherwise rare plant species in Utah. The UNHP tracks rare species in a geodatabase that was recently updated by NatureServe. ESMF support will provide funding to update listed species records in our geodatabase, replace hand drawn field maps with GPS based digital maps and use quantitative sample methods in the field to replace simple visual estimates of the number of individuals. Using the GPS locations, we will create statistical models to encourage more targeted field surveys. This will broaden the known distribution of these rare species and provide valuable data for plant species that are currently proposed or likely to be proposed for federal listing under ESA.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey