Draft Recovery Plan for the Spring Creek Bladderpod in Tennessee Available for Review and Comment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Timothy Merritt, 931-528-6481, ext. 211
This winter annual, is currently known from only 21 occurrences within the floodplains of Spring Creek, Bartons Creek, and Cedar Creek near Lebanon, Tennessee, in Wilson County.
The Spring Creek bladderpod germinates in the fall, overwinters as a small rosette of leaves, and produces small white flowers in the early spring. Soon after the flowers wither, the fruits mature and the plant dies. Its seeds lie dormant until fall, when the cycle begins again. It is found mainly on newly disturbed sites and requires some degree of annual disturbance in order to complete its life cycle. In the present and the recent past, the disturbance occurred as a result of farming. Historically, the disturbance was caused by periodic flooding and associated clearing. Flooding helped remove the perennial grasses, herbs, and woody plants that quickly invaded the floodplain.
This species is extremely vulnerable because of its limited range and its specific habitat. The primary threat is the loss of habitat by conversion of land to uses other than farming. In order for this annual plant to complete its life cycle, it is essential that the sites not be plowed or disked in the fall after the seeds have germinated, and that spring plowing and planting be delayed until the plants have matured in the spring. Because the cultivation of annual crops is becoming increasingly rare and the development pressures are very high in Wilson County, this species is at a high risk for extinction. All the occurrences, except for one, are located on private property.
To obtain a printed copy, contact, or send comments about the Technical Agency Draft Spring Creek Bladderpod Recovery Plan by November 14, 2005 to Tennessee Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501, telephone 931-528-6481, ext. 211. Questions should be addressed to Timothy Merritt at the above address and telephone number or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the draft plan is also available on the web. Please visit http://www.fws.gov/cookeville/ and click on the icon entitled Technical Agency Draft Spring Creek Bladderpod Recovery Plan.
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