Utah Ecological Services
Mountain-Prairie Region
Uinta Basin Rare Plant Orientation Workshop

Barneby ridge-cress  - photo by Jessi Brunson

Barneby Ridge Cress (Lepidium barnebyanum) - photo by Jessi Brunson.

Every year we work with our partners -- the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Utah Heritage Program, and Red Butte Gardens -- to provide a workshop geared towards botanists and surveyors conducting rare plant surveys in the Uinta Basin, which is located in the northeast portion of Utah. The workshop emphasizes identification of rare plants in the basin and an understanding of their habitats.  Objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. ensure consistency and quality of surveys, for purposes of Endangered Species Act consultation and compliance,
  2. ensure consistency and quality of data reporting, and
  3. increase the number of qualified surveyors in the Uinta Basin in order to increase our knowledge of the distribution of rare and listed plant species. 

This workshop consists of lectures and discussions.  Field workshops are scheduled when the plant species begin to flower.

Completion of the workshop is mandatory for all persons who plan to conduct plant surveys in the Uinta Basin.  For those with previous survey or training experience, we strongly encourage participation annually because potential habitat polygons and survey protocols may be slightly modified from year to year, based on the best available information.

Materials for the Orientation Workshop

Below are presentations that were given in 2015. This year's presentations were slightly different than those from last year. If you would like copies of previous presentations or copies that are 508 compliant, please use the contact information below.

The Utah Natural Heritage Program field forms are located on the UNHP website.

We provided the training this year via a conference call with a webinar link. The webinar materials are above as powerpoints. The recording of the 2015 conference call is below.

The fact sheets below provide general information about the federally listed plant species within the Uinta Basin.

Last updated: April 8, 2015