@aghast - Yes, let's possibly exterminate the existence of the species
because we are drunk on oil.
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!
Go ahead and bulldoze the plants, God didn't give us "dominion"
over the earth for nothing, right?
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!