FWS to protect plants in imperiled rocklands in Florida

FWS TO PROTECT PLANTS IN IMPERILED ROCKLANDS IN FLORIDA.

Greenwire (9/28, Subscription Publication) reports that the Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that “it’s extending Endangered Species Act protections to four South Florida plant species threatened by development and climate change — a move that could affect two major building projects.” According to the article, “being added to the endangered list are a shrub, the Big Pine partridge pea, and two herbs, wedge spurge and sand flax — all species in the imperiled pine rocklands of southern Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys.” Also, “another pine rocklands shrub, the Blodgett’s silverbush, is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future and therefore should be added to the threatened species list, according to a notice to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register.” Cindy Dohner, FWS’s Southeast regional director, said, “Numerous threats to these four plants currently exist and are likely to continue in the foreseeable future across their entire range. Many populations of these four plants have vanished from their historical ranges across South Florida.”

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