Flower up for listing under Endangered Species Act
August 1, 2013
A small yellow flower found on 14 acres in the Pine Nut Mountains in Douglas County has been proposed for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, federal officials announced Thursday.
Webber's Ivesia is a small yellow flower that is a member of the rose family. One of the places it has been identified is in the Pine Nuts near Danite Mine Road just north of Double Spring Flat.
The plant is a low-growing perennial forb, with clusters of leaves that lie flat on the ground, and extend about 20 inches in diameter.
It has bright yellow flowers that are typically observed through the summer starting in May.
The flower was first identified as a candidate for protection in 2002, due to threats from urban development, road use, grazing and wildfire.
In all, there are 2,011 acres of habitat in Douglas and Washoe counties in Nevada, and in Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties in California.
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Most of that land, 68 percent, is federal, 11 percent is on state lands and 21 percent is private.
In Douglas County, 10 acres is on territory controlled by the Bureau of Land Management and 4 acres is privately held.
Identifying the habitat does affect land ownership or establish a refuge, wilderness, reserve, preserve, or other conservation area.
A 60-day comment period has been established until Oct. 1, and a public meeting is set for 4-6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Department of Interior Building, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno.
For more information, visit http://www.fws.gov/nevada or contact the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office at 775-861-6300.
To comment electronically, go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for FWS-R8-ES-2013-0079.