Another Endangered Species Act Success Story

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Center for Biological Diversity News Release

Rare Colorado Butterfly Plant’s Recovery an Endangered Species Act Success

Flower Bounces Back Despite Front Range Sprawl

DENVER— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections for the Colorado butterfly plant, a flower species that has made a rapid recovery thanks to this life-saving environmental law.

The flower was threatened by urban sprawl along the Front Range of Colorado and southern Wyoming. But the Fish and Wildlife Service says it no longer needs federal protection. If delisted, the agency plans to continue monitoring the plant.

“The pink flowers atop the Colorado butterfly plant’s long stalks will continue to bloom thanks to the Endangered Species Act,” said Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Even as development transforms Colorado and southern Wyoming, this science-based law has created safe havens for this and many other plants found…

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