The Graham's penstemon.
(Photo: Susan Meyer)
The Graham's penstemon is a beautiful wildflower that lives exclusively on oil shale in the Unita Basin of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado. The penstemon is uniquely adapted to live in this harsh, dry climate. Future development of oil and gas and oil shale threatens the very existence of this flower.
In 2006, the Fish & Wildlife Service proposed that the Graham's penstemon be included on the endangered species list. But in 2007, the FWS reversed its decision, despite scientific evidence that this wildflower is threatened.
Earthjustice is suing on behalf of conservationists.