Some highlights of the survey include:
- New locations for one of the world's rarest plants, Pikes Peak spring parsley (Oreoxis humilus).
- One of the best known occurrence of the montane population of the Gunnison prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni).
- Re-discovery of a 1902 sighting of the spiny-spored quillwort (Isoetes setacea ssp. muricata).
For a concise and attractive summary of the report, see our Natural Treasures of Teller County brochure.
We have also just finished our report on the Survey of Critical Wetlands of Gilpin County, Colorado, also available on our Documents and Reports page.
The wetland resources of Gilpin County are truly unique with an amazing richness of rare fauna and flora well worth preserving for future generations. The diversity of species and plant communities that range from montane riparian woodlands to alpine lakes substantiate the important contribution of wetlands in the County to the biodiversity of both Colorado and the nation. Overall, the concentration and quality of imperiled species and habitats attest to the fact that conservation efforts in Gilpin County will have both statewide and global significance.