Tiehm’s Buckwheat Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protections

LAS VEGAS— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposed rule today to list the rare wildflower Tiehm’s buckwheat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

The proposed rule comes as a result of litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, which has worked for three years to protect Tiehm’s buckwheat from an open pit lithium mine.

The Rhyolite Ridge Mine, a project proposed by Ioneer, an Australian mining company, would destroy up to 90% of the global population of Tiehm’s buckwheat. That threat prompted more than 100 scientists and 15 conservation groups to send a letter urging President Biden to protect the plant.

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