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What is the proposed action? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to reclassify the smooth coneflower from endangered to threatened and to establish provisions under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to ensure the continued conservation of this species. What did the Service consider in deciding to reclassify the smooth coneflower from endangered to threatened? The Service conducted a thorough review of the best scientific and commercial information available, analyses of threats and demographics for the species. Learn more...
Service Proposes Downlisting Smooth Coneflower From Endangered to Threatened Under Endangered Species Act
June 23, 2021 | 5 minute read
Following a thorough scientific review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to downlist the smooth coneflower from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A 4(d) rule that tailors protections while allowing activities that do not hinder its recovery is also being proposed. The proposal represents a significant recovery milestone for the plant following years of ESA-inspired partnerships across its range in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Read the full story...