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Saturday - March 20, 2004

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Rare or Endangered Plants
Title: Smarty Plants on Endangered Plants
Answered by: Sage Kawecki

QUESTION:

What is an endangered plant?

ANSWER:

Many plant species are disappearing at an alarming rate due directly or indirectly to human activities, especially habitat loss. Thanks to the passage of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, plants that are rare, threatened and endangered are now federally listed and protected by law. To learn more, visit the Center for Plant Conservation website.
 

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