Protection Sought For Rare California Lupine

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Center for Biological Diversity News Release

State Protection Sought for Rare Alpine Flower in Northwest California

EUREKA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and an independent expert filed a state petition today to protect the Lassics lupine, a rare mountain wildflower that is now restricted to fewer than four acres in Humboldt and Trinity counties. The petition to protect the lupine under the California Endangered Species Act — which follows a January petition seeking U.S. Endangered Species Act protections for the flower — documents alarming population declines due to climate change and other threats, with recent surveys showing the flower is on the brink of extinction.

Lassics lupine
Photo by David Imper. Photos are available for media use.

“The Lassics lupine symbolizes the unique beauty and diversity of the Lassic mountains, but regrettably it is also now the most endangered plant in northwest California,” said David Imper, a retired U.S. Fish…

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