Reclassifying Smooth Coneflower as Threatened (Draft)
Jul. 2, 2021
USFWS proposes to reclassify from endangered to threatened ("downlist") the smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata) under the ESA due to improvements in the species' overall status since the original listing in 1992. This proposed action is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the species' status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, but that it is still likely to become so in the foreseeable future. This proposed rule completes the 5-year status review for the species, initiated on 12 March 2018. If this proposal is finalized, smooth coneflower would be reclassified as a threatened species under the Act. USFWS seek information, data, and comments from the public on this proposal. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or 23 August 2021. POC is Pete Benjamin, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, 551-F Pylon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; tel: (919) 856-4520.
(Federal Register 24 June 2021 [Proposed Rule] Pages 33159-33176)