Protect the Las Vegas Bearpoppy from Extinction

Target: Aurelia Skipwith, Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Goal: Prevent extinction of the Las Vegas bearpoppy by protecting its habitat from destruction.

The unique Las Vegas bearpoppy flower has decreased in over 90 percent of its Clark County, Nevada habitat. Despite this, the rare plant has yet to be granted endangered species protection. This could soon change.

The yellow flower blooms across the deserts of Las Vegas. However, the last two decades have been highly destructive to the species. Sprawl and development have robbed the species of much of its habitat. Gypsum mining and off-road driving have also decreased the plant’s population. Without federal protection, this destruction is only expected to grow worse.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is taking one year to review the species and its future. Sign the petition to urge them to finally afford this rare plant species the protection it deserves.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Skipwith,

The Las Vegas bearpoppy provides a burst of bright color to the deserts of Nevada. However, the rare yellow flower, found only around Las Vegas, has decreased in over 90 percent of its habitat. Development, off-roading, and mining have destroyed the species and put it at risk of extinction.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is taking one year to review the plant and its future. I am glad that the species is finally getting the attention it is due, but it deserves more. I demand that you add the species to the federal endangered species list.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Stan Shebs




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