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Fish And Wildlife Seeks Comment On Plant Habitats

Fish And Wildlife Seeks Comment On Plant Habitats

CREATED May 29, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment about critical habitats for three rare plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

In a news release, the service says it's seeking comment about the potential effect on tracts of land designated as habitats for the Short's bladderpod, the whorled sunflower and the fleshy-fruit gladecress.

The fleshy-fruit gladecress is found in only two counties in Alabama. The whorled sunflower is found in four counties in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The Short's bladderpod is found in 11 counties in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

About 2,400 acres on 30 parcels of land have been identified as habitat critical to the plants' survival.

The service proposed in August 2013 to list the plants as endangered species. A final decision is pending.

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