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Recommended best management practices for golden blazing star (Nuttallia chrysantha): practices to reduce the impacts of road maintenance activities to plants of concern




Panjabi, Susan, author
Smith, Gabrielle, author
Colorado Natural Heritage Program, publisher

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Golden blazing is a tall plant, with thick stems, and attractive, 10-petaled bright yellow flowers. Golden blazing star is found primarily on the Smoky Hill member of the Niobrara shale, in the middle Arkansas Valley, in Fremont and Pueblo counties, Colorado, and nowhere else in the world. Golden blazing star is considered to be imperiled at a global and state level (G2/S2; Colorado Natural Heritage Program 2017). One of the biggest conservation issues for this imperiled plant species is the lack of awareness of its existence and status. Avoiding or minimizing impacts to this species during road maintenance activities will effectively help to conserve its habitat and is unlikely to confer substantial impacts on road maintenance goals and projects. The Best Management Practices (BMPs) included in this document are intended to help increase the awareness of this species for anyone involved in road maintenance activities.


Prepared for: the Colorado Natural Areas Program.
June 2017.
Includes bibliographical references.

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golden blazing star
road maintenance impact
special management areas
noxious weed management
roadside plants


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