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Fish and Wildlife Service reviews status for 37 species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now conducting five-year status reviews for 37 species, two of which can be found in North Carolina. 

The five-year reviews ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act are accurate and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis. They also offer opportunity to track the species’ recovery process and can provide valuable information to guide future conservation efforts. 

North Carolina species include:

  • Canby’s dropwort, Oxypolis canbyi. This endangered species is known to exist only in Scotland County within North Carolina, but its range also includes Maryland, South Carolina and Georgia. 
  • Golden sedge, Carex lutea. This endangered species is known to exist only in the eastern part of North Carolina between Wilmington and Jacksonville. 

The Federal Register notice announcing the status review is available online at, under Docket # FWS–R4–ES–2020–N147.  The public is invited to provide information and comments by Aug. 23. 

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