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Wind River Range, West Slope of the

Walter Fertig

Inventory dates: 1990, 1991

Thesis: Fertig, W. 1992. A Floristic Survey of the West Slope of the Wind River Range, Wyoming, vii + 187 pp.

This represents the thesis project by Walter Fertig. Fieldwork was conducted during the summers of 1990 and 1991. The area encompassed the west slope of the Wind River Range (Fremont, Sublette, and Teton counties) for a total of 1,812 mi2 ranging in elevation from 7,500 to 13,804 feet. Collected were 13,274 specimens documenting 988 unique taxa. An additional of 46 “historical” records at RM/USFS raised the figure to 1,034 total unique taxa. Chrysanthemum parthenium, Coronilla varia, and Erigeron lanatus proved new to Wyoming. Species of conservation concern totaled 27 documented at 70 sites. Also vouchered were 76 exotics including six noxious weeds. Funding was provided by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Wilhelm G. and Ragnhild Solheim Scholarship, and the University of Wyoming. More...

Results & Data

Project Area:
1812 mi.2
# of Collections:
# of Taxa Collected:
# of Historical Taxa:
46 (additional taxa documented only from historical collections)
# of State Records:
# of Sensitive Taxa:
27 (documented from 70 sites)
# of Exotic Taxa:
# of Noxious Weeds:

Project Map:

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Project Description:

The alpine areas in this region were also the subject of a 1966 M.S. thesis (The Alpine Flora of Northwestern Wyoming) by Richard Scott, with field work conducted during the summers of 1963, 1964, and 1965, consisting of around 800 collections. Dick returned to Wyoming in the mid-1970s, and continues to work in the alpine flora of the Rocky Mountains at Central Wyoming College, where he teaches and curates a growing herbarium.