Deborah Clark, the author of Wildflowers of Utah's Colorado Plateau, spent twenty years in the Capitol Reef and Bears Ears areas searching for and identifying native plants. For much of that time, she served as the interagency botanist for the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service. She was the project leader for an interagency rare plant team that conducted surveys within and around Capitol Reef National Park for rare and federally listed plant species. Through this job, she was able to explore much of the backcountry of Capitol Reef and surrounding lands while surveying for rare and endemic plant species.