Allphin, Loreen .
The scenic central Wasatch mountains are a hotspot for plant endemism. The geology of the area is quite diverse, providing suitable habitat for several local and regional endemics. Many of these endemics are restricted in distribution to only a narrow portion of the central Wasatch Mountains. The extreme rarity of these species and their proximity to the highly populated Wasatch Front makes their conservation critically important. During this full day field trip, we will travel to various populations of local plant endemics of the central Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, including Big Cottonwood and American Fork Canyons. Participants can expect to see and learn about the ecology and conservation biology of select endemic species within the genera Erigeron, “Tonestus”, Penstemon, Chlorocrambe, Jamesia, Dodecatheon, Physaria, Cystopteris, etc. In addition, they will have the opportunity to explore the substantial plant diversity of this region and the threats to its existence. All participants will be provided with a guide to the endemic plants of the central Wasatch Mountains. Although most localities will be near the road, some stops may require moderately strenuous walking in rocky habitats at elevations ranging from 5,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level. Temperatures can range from nearly 90 degrees F at the lowest elevations to the mid 60's high in the mountains.
All participants should bring comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, a jacket or sweater, a change of socks, and sunscreen.
Includes transportation, continental breakfast, lunch and water
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1 - Brigham Young University, Department of Integrative Biology, 401 Widtsoe Building, Provo, Utah, 84602, USA
Presentation Type: Activities:Field Trips
Session: FT- 03
Location: Entrance/Cliff Lodge
Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: FT- 03001