U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Southeast Region News Release




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Vicki M. Boatwright or

October 17, 1995                                  Diana M. Hawkins



U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON A PROPOSED

RECOVERY PLAN FOR THE LOUISIANA QUILLWORT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the proposed recovery plan for the isoetes louisianensis -- a Louisiana plant closely related to a fern. This species, which is also commonly known as the Louisiana quillwort, was listed as endangered in October 1992 under the Endangered Species Act. The Act defines a threatened species as likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future, while an endangered species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.

The small, semi-aquatic plant has been found only in nine locations in the St. Tammany and Washington parishes of southeastern Louisiana.

The Louisiana quillwort, a plant that belongs to a family of primitive, seedless fauna that are closely related to ferns (Isoetaceae), grows only in sandy soils and gravel bars in or near shallow blackwater streams. These streams typically flow through riparian woodland or bayhead forest areas of pine flatwoods.

The species is extremely vulnerable because of its limited distribution. The recovery plan's purpose is to identify the actions needed to increase the surviving numbers of this plant to the point that it can be delisted. Major tasks outlined in the plan include the protection, management, and monitoring of existing habitats; searching for additional populations; studying the life history of the species, and educating the public regarding the species' conservation needs.

When completed, the plan will provide guidance to all Federal and State agencies and other interested parties whose actions could potentially affect the conservation of this species. The plan does not affect private landowners, who are under no obligation to protect endangered or threatened plants on their land.

The Service will collect written public comments on the recovery plan until November 15, 1995. Copies of the draft plan can be obtained by writing to the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Office, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Suite A, Jackson, Mississippi 39213 or by calling 601/965-4900.

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