Target: Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe
Goal: Thank Dan Ashe for giving Kentucky glade cress federal protection
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced that it would list Kentucky glade cress as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), finally granting this rare plant the federal protection it needs in order to survive in the wild. FWS Director Dan Ashe needs to be thanked for his work in establishing this much needed ESA listing.
Kentucky glade cress is a wildflower that only lives in a few areas in Kentucky—it exists no place else in the world. This rare plant requires a unique habitat, one of extremely shallow soil and a lack of environmental agitation, in order to live. Kentucky is home to many acres of suitable habitat, cedar glades, in which Kentucky glade cress can thrive. Unfortunately, over the years much of this acreage has been ruined by commercial and residential development, droughts, and flood. Without government intervention, this environmental degradation would have continued and Kentucky glade cress will have become extinct.
In 2013, the FWS proposed listing Kentucky glade cress as threatened under the ESA after it “was determined to be threatened because of the present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range.” According to the ESA, a threatened species “is one that is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.” Along with its new threatened status under the ESA, Kentucky glade cress will also now have over 2,000 acres of protected land to live on.
In a world of threatened biodiversity, wildlife conservation is essential. Please sign the petition below to let FWS Director Dan Ashe know that you appreciate his work in getting Kentucky glade cress the federal protection it needs to survive.
Dear Mr. Ashe,
I was happy to see that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently decided to formally list Kentucky glade cress as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, finally giving this rare wildflower the federal protection it needs in order to survive. Kentucky glade cress lives in a few areas in Kentucky and no place else in the world. Unfortunately, over the past several years much of the glade cress’ habitat has been ruined by development, droughts, and floods. Without government intervention, this environmental ruination would have surely continued until Kentucky glade cress had become extinct.
Thank you for seeing that the rare Kentucky glade cress received the threatened ESA status it deserved. I appreciate all you and your organization do for wildlife conservation in our country.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: James Gruhala at U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service