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Reclassification of Smooth Coneflower from Endangered to Threatened (Final)
Jul. 6, 2022
USFWS reclassified the smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata) from endangered to threatened ("downlist") under the ESA, due to improvements in the species' overall status since the original listing in 1992. This action is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that smooth coneflower is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, but it is still likely to become so in the foreseeable future. They are also finalizing a rule under section 4(d) of the Act that provides for the conservation of smooth coneflower. This rule is effective 5 August 2022. 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 6 July 2022 [Rule] Pages 40100-40115)

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