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U.S. Takes Steps to Protect Threatened Plant

November 09, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed setting aside nearly 22,000 acres in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties as critical habitat for a threatened native plant.

Two varieties of the purple amole, a perennial member of the lily family listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act, have small populations with limited distribution, the service said Thursday.

Livestock grazing and nonnative grasses have contributed to the plants' decline, the service said.

Critical habitat designation does not set up a preserve or refuge but may require special management considerations.

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