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Plant Species at Risk



Plant species at risk

Credit: All photos by Vivian Negron Ortiz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Species at risk are animal and plant species that are not yet federally listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but that are either designated as candidates for listing or are regarded as critically imperiled or imperiled throughout their range.

While not currently protected under the ESA, conserving these species now may prevent the need to list them in the future.

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The Panama City Field Office compiled and ranked plant species of concern occurring within the field office work area (Florida, Alabama, and Georgia ) to assist in determining which plant species should be considered for additional research or possible federal listing. First, a literature search for plant occurrences within the PCFL work area was compiled for plants listed as special concern, threatened, or endangered status by the states. The list was narrowed to 36 plants occurring in the three states. Categories for evaluating the species included: occurrences (number of confirmed populations), abundance (number of estimated individuals), range (distribution), protection (number of sites on protected land), degree of threat, and special considerations (aspects of biology including reproduction, pollination, endemism, and taxonomy). Currently 14 species range from 2 to 8.5 and six of them have completed or partial status surveys. We consider that status reviews should be implemented immediately for those species that rank < 8.5. For the list, click here.




Last updated: February 13, 2017