Protections for flowering Uinta Basin plants will cost $3 million

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  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    May 6, 2014 1:57 p.m.

    @aghast - Yes, let's possibly exterminate the existence of the species because we are drunk on oil.

  • BEMIDA Provo, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    One reason this is a small price to pay for protecting these two species is that we do not know what economic value they might have in the future or what social, cultural, or ecological value they might have to future generations. Even plants previously known to be "weeds" have been found to contain compounds of great value medicinally. As seen in the picture, the White River beardtongue is certainly a beautiful plant. Let's not throw away the beautiful and-not-so-beautiful things God has given us for a few dollars!

  • Ranch Here, UT
    May 6, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    Go ahead and bulldoze the plants, God didn't give us "dominion" over the earth for nothing, right?

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    May 6, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    I am baffled why a plant with no identified significant value can stop millions of dollars of economic progress. If it can be shown to be of significant value to its ecosystem - protect it, but why protect something just because somebody says it is rare? It probably is a mutation of a plentiful species, or perhaps even invasive. Enough already - not all species are worth protection, nor even deserve protection.

    Bureaucracy runs amok!