Northern Nevada, California’s wild rose to be protected under Endangered Species Act

Northern Nevada, California’s wild rose to be protected under Endangered Species Act

The government has decide to protect yellow-flowering Webber's ivesia, a sort of wild rose that grows in Northern Nevada and Northern California, by including it in the federal government's list of endangered species.

The U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service has confirmed that the small, yellow-flowering Webber's ivesia would be given protection through the Endangered Species Act.

Dan Balduni, a spokesperson for Nevada Fish & Wildlife, said that the plant was facing threat from non-native invasive weeds like the cheatgrass and medusahead. The invasive weeds compete with Webber's ivesia plants for space, water and nutrients, and prevent new Webber's ivesia seedlings from growing.

Speaking on the topic, Balduni said, "It's the same reason we have the desert tortoise listed - habitat loss, it ultimately ends up disappearing and has nowhere else to go."

In addition to non-native invasive weeds, growing incidents of wildfires are proving to be a big threat to the plant's future. Apart from all those threats, urban development, unauthorized use of roads and grazing by livestock are also posing a threat to the wild rose.

Currently, the wild rose's population encompasses nearly 2,170 acres. Around 70 per cent of the plant's habitat is on federal land, while 10 per cent is on state land and 20 per cent is on private land.

The yellow-flowering Webber's ivesia was first identified as a candidate for protection in 2002, but its protection was not considered crucial until 2013.

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