The decade's end provides a time for taking stock of the world around us, including all creatures great and small. With the help of WildEarth Guardians and Center for Native Ecosystems, based in Denver, we've pulled together a list of endangered plants and animals in the Rocky Mountains and neighboring Great Plains that the federal government has either protected under the Endangered Species Act or are on the official waiting list. Their stories are a mixture of hope and fear, and effective action is needed to secure their futures. Check out their stories.
Clay-Loving Wild Buckwheat
When clay-loving wild buckwheat was protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1984, it was only known from one location. Additional sites have been found, but unfortunately this buckwheat isn’t the only one loving the Adobe Hills near Delta and Montrose, Colorado. Between 1990 and 2004, Montrose’s population grew 73%. Off-road vehicles tear up the hills, and habitat in this part of western Colorado is quickly being lost to development. The Wild Buckwheat Conservation
Fund has helped secure important habitat.
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