By Brynn Walling, USFWS
Can you imagine using jackhammers and diamond-cutting saws to benefit an ecosystem?
Sometimes, it's a necessity!
Black-spored quillwort and mat-forming quillwort are to plant species that grow near Atlanta, Georgia.
These grass-like ferns can be found near shallow pools on granite outcrops and in large areas of rock that rise above otherwise flat land. Both species are fragile because habitat loss and degradation have caused their populations have dwindled. They're therefore listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Some people view this plant as plain ole’ grass, but quillwort conservation supports a healthy ecosystem and benefits other plant and animal species. This is a prime example of how the ecosystem and wildlife depend on one another.
Which is where the jackhammers and diamond-cutting saws come in.