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Officials aim to keep Georgia aster off endangered list
by Staff Reports
May 17, 2014 02:51 PM | 1421 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia aster is an uncommon Southern plant that has been in decline for decades and on the verge of federal protection. Yet, today, numerous organizations, private and public, are stepping up to conserve the plant in an effort that should keep it off the endangered species list.

The move comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the Georgia Department of Natural Re-sources and other state and federal agencies, advance a large, partnership-based effort to conserve at-risk plants and animals across the Southeast.

Georgia aster, symphyotrichum georgianum, is a purple flowering plant found in the upper Piedmont and lower mountain regions of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In 1999, the service made Georgia aster a candidate for inclusion on the federal endangered species list, meaning it warranted being on the list, but other species were a higher priority.

The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance is a network of 27 public gardens, government agencies, academic institutions, utility companies and conservation organizations committed to preserving Georgia’s endangered flora.

Information: www.fws.gov/asheville/htmls/conservationissues/Georgia_aster.html
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