SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Goose Creek milkvetch plant warrants Endangered Species Act protection but won’t get it right now because other species have higher listing priority.The milkvetch is found only in a 10-square-mile area of Cassia County, Idaho; Elko County, Nev.; and Box Elder County, Utah, in the Goose Creek drainage.The service was petitioned by more than 25 parties in 2004 to list the plant. The service and several other agencies then initiated surveys to understand its distribution and abundance.A summer wildfire in 2007 burned 25 percent of the plant’s occupied habitat in Nevada and Utah.The service said Thursday the plant will be added to the list of candidate species eligible for protection under the act.
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