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Conserving Tahoe's Most Imperiled Plant: Tahoe Yellow Cress

TitleConserving Tahoe's Most Imperiled Plant: Tahoe Yellow Cress
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-10-06
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment # 41 - "Tahoe Yellow Cress" (Air Date: November 11, 2004). A look at efforts to protect the Tahoe Yellow Cress - a small, low growing plant with flowers that can only be found in the Lake Tahoe region.
SubjectPlant conservation -- Tahoe, Lake, Watershed (Calif. and Nev.)
Plants -- Tahoe, Lake, Watershed (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 41 Tahoe Yellow Cress Air Date: Nov.11 Anchor Intro: It's not often you find plants that grow in only one small place in the world. At Lake Tahoe there is one such plant…the Tahoe Yellow Cress. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes a look at efforts to protect this unusual species. ((Take PKG)) ((Track 1)) It really doesn't look like much. And if you're not careful, you can step right on it and not even notice. The Tahoe Yellow Cress is a small, low growing plant with pretty little flowers. It is found only on the sandy beaches of Lake Tahoe…and nowhere else in the world. And that can be a problem especially in periods of high water when beach space is at a premium. The plants are easily trampled by people walking and enjoying the beach. Here at Sand Harbor, this small colony of plants has been protected with fencing. ((sot @ 9:37 Mike Volmer, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "Where we have natural populations we try to fence them off and give them a little signage so people can learn about the plant and how to identify it." ((Track 2)) There is also an effort underway at Tahoe to grow the seeds in a greenhouse and revegetate the beaches with Yellow Cress. ((sot @ 11:21)) "Extinction is forever, so we feel some obligation to at least provide a place for it to perpetuate." ((Track 3)) Because who knows?? The Tahoe Yellow Cress might be more than just a pretty little flowering plant. ((Sot @ 10:50)) "Why Should We care? Part of it is that there's a genetic legacy that we're not aware of. We don't know what role it plays necessarily in the ecology here. We don't know what else is connected." ((Track 4)) With the lake tahoe environmental education coalition, I'm shelly purdy nc8. Anchor Tag: Just in time for snow, in next week's Lake Tahoe Report Shelly Purdy will tell you how to create an environmentally friendly snow removal plan.

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