Colorado Hookless Cactus is a rare species of cactus found only in Colorado in an area between Grand Junctions and Montrose. It is a federally listed threatened species. The Colorado Hookless Cactus grows on exposed stretches of gravelly clay above floodplains and on mesa slopes. Human activities in these areas, including oil and gas development, residential development, and cattle grazing, put this species at risk of extinction.
Rocky Mountain Wild screens all proposed oil and gas lease sales in these areas and maps out conflicts with the Colorado Hookless Cactus. We share these findings with the public and other conservation organizations so that together we can protect this species.
Image courtesy of: Gina Glenne, USFWS, https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmtnprairie/42776186525/