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Georgia Rockcress Declared a Threatened Species

September 30, 2014
White flowers of the Georgia Rockcress sprout up from its green stem.

Georgia’s collection of rich and vibrant wildlife has always been one of our state’s best features. But what happens when one of these plants becomes endangered?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the Georgia Rockcress (PDF, 858 KB) plant to be a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Rockcress is found only in Georgia and parts of Alabama, with 732 acres of river bluff also being designated as critical to the plant’s survival. Currently only about 5,000 Georgia Rockcress plants exist. The plant is usually found growing in shallow soils overlaying rock in steep river bluffs.

Now that the Rockcress has been declared as a threatened species, the next course of action will be to recover the plant and hopefully remove it from the threatened species list. To do this, the Rockcress should only be observed by hikers and cannot be picked or disturbed.

If you have Georgia Rockcress growing on your land, there are resources available for you! Find out what this new status can mean for your property by contacting James Rickard at:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Georgia Ecological Services Office
105 Westpark Dr., Suite D, Athens, GA 30606
Telephone (706) 613-9493, Extension 223

 

Photo Courtesy of Michele Elmore/The Nature Conservancy

Last updated July 11, 2017.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

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