Western Slope wildflowers protected

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The agency on Friday designated 15,510 acres as critical habitat for the threatened Parachute beardtongue, or Parachute penstemon; 25,484 acres for the threatened DeBeque phacelia; and 9,641 acres for the endangered Pagosa skyrocket.

The agency's final designations exclude about 3,350 acres in Garfield County owned by Occidental Oil Shale and OXY USA, which is voluntarily protecting the Parachute beardtongue there.

When public land is designated critical habitat for various species, federal agencies must consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service when projects or activities may affect those species.

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