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Gunnison Basin, Northern

Kevin J. Taylor

Inventory dates: 1997, 1998

Thesis: Taylor, K. J. 2000. A Floristic Inventory of the Northern Gunnison Basin, Colorado, vi + 103 pp.

This represents a thesis project by Kevin J. Taylor. Fieldwork was conducted during the summers of 1997 and 1998. The area encompassed the Sawatch, Elk, and West Elk mountains, Fossil Ridge, Grand Mesa, and the Gunnison Uplift (Delta, Gunnison, and Montrose counties) for a total of 2,700 mi2 ranging in elevation from 5,700 to 14,200 feet. Collected were 11,460 specimens documenting 999 unique taxa. An additional 195 “historical” taxa at the RM/USFS raised the total unique taxa to 1,201. Species of conservation concern totaled 24 documented at 51 sites. Also vouchered were 68 exotics including 12 noxious weeds. Funding was provided by the Gunnison National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Native Plant Society, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and the University of Wyoming.

Results & Data

Project Area:
2500 mi.2
# of Collections:
# of Taxa Collected:
# of Historical Taxa:
195 (additional taxa documented only from historical collections)
# of State Records:
# of Sensitive Taxa:
24 (documented from 51 sites)
# of Exotic Taxa:
# of Noxious Weeds:

Project Map:

Map shows the approximate project boundary. Collection sites are displayed as red dots. Click on a dot to view site information and a list of specimens from that site.

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