RENO, Nev. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has determined that two species of buckwheat in Nevada do not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The two species are Churchill Narrows buckwheat (Eriogonum diatomaceum) and Las Vegas buckwheat (Eriogonum corymbosum var. nilesii). The decision will be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.
In making this determination, the Service completed a comprehensive status review, known as a 12-month finding, and found that the best scientific and commercial data available indicates that listing either species of buckwheat as threatened or endangered is not warranted. The Service performed threat analyses on both species based on five factors: (A) The present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range; (B) Overutilization for commercial, recreational, scientific, or educational purposes; (C) Disease or predation; (D) The inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms; or (E) Other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence.
The Service found that these factors currently may have minor impacts on individual plants in some locations, but they are not impacting either species as a whole currently or into the future. However, the Service asks the public to submit any new information that becomes available concerning the threats to the plants or their habitats at any time.
Learn more here: http://www.fws.gov/nevada/highlights/news_releases/2014/nr_nevada_buckwheats_not_warranted_9-23-14.pdf
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