U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

NEWS RELEASE


U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
134 UNION BOULEVARD
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80228

June 21, 1996

Michael Smith 303-236-7905
Sharon Rose 303-236-7905

Status of Maguire Daisy Improves

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will reclassify the Maguire daisy in southcentral Utah from endangered to threatened, it was announced today.

DNA analysis and extensive surveys by the Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service determined that previously identified differences between two varieties of the plant were insignificant. Both varieties have since been designated as Erigeron maguirei.

"This is another example of how sound science is improving implementation of the Endangered Species Act," said Reed Harris, Field Supervisor for the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Service subsequently assessed the status of the maguire daisy species, taking into account the recent taxonomic classification change and acknowledged that merging two varieties of the plant into a single species increased the number of plants in the known population.

Surveys conducted in Wayne and Emery Counties showed that the remaining populations of Maguire daisy are restricted due to their habitat requirements and remain threatened due to habitat disturbances. There are less than 3,000 individual plants.

Approximately 2,000 of the 3,000 plants of the species occur on lands managed by BLM. The remainder are found in Capitol Reef National Park.


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