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Saving beardtongues: Environmentalists sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

High in the Uinta Basin, grows the rare White River Beardtongue, a purple bell with a black tongue. Along with its pink, orange-tongued cousin, Graham’s beardtongue, these two varieties of penstemons survive only in the "shale barrens" of Northern Colorado-Utah border. Nearly all their habitat is threatened by shale mining and oil and gas drilling.