Proposal would classify glade cress as threatened

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a new rule that would classify the tiny Kentucky glade cress as a threatened species.

The Courier-Journal reports the agency is soliciting public comments on the proposal through July 23, and people can request a public hearing on the matter through July 8.

Protection is being sought for the rare plant, which is found only in Jefferson and Bullitt counties, nearly 40 years after the Fish and Wildlife Service first noted its potential for dying out. The agency says a backlog of rare species led to the delay in proposing the new classification.

The proposal also would identify areas in Jefferson and Bullitt counties as "critical habitat," which would mean that land-disturbing activity would get more scrutiny.

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