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Division of Forestry to review expanded protection for rare Nevada buckwheat wildflower species

by Nevada State News

MARCH 19 UPDATE: Nevada Division of Forestry to postpone public workshops regarding status of Tiehm buckwheat wildflower species As always, the health and safety of Nevada residents, visitors, and our employees is our top priority. Given the evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, as a precaution, the Nevada Division of Forestry will be postponing its public workshops regarding the status of Nevada’s rare Tiehm Buckwheat species, that were previously scheduled for April.  Given the interactive nature of these workshops and the prevailing guidance from state and federal health officials, NDF will be working to reschedule the two planned workshops as soon as the current public health emergency permits.  Please stay tuned for the new workshop dates, which will be scheduled and announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and please stay healthy. 

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Nevada is home to more than 150 plant species that live exclusively in our state, including the Tiehm buckwheat, a rare desert wildflower that is only known to exist in particular geologic conditions in the Silver Peak Range of Esmeralda County.

The Nevada Division of Natural Heritage has monitored the status and risks to the Tiehm buckwheat in its native habitat since it was discovered in 1985. There has been increased interest in and exploration for mining critical minerals, such as lithium, in the buckwheat’s limited known habitat, prompting the state to review new protections for the wildflower.

The Nevada Division of Forestry announced in November that it would undertake a comprehensive review to determine if enhanced protection under state law is needed for the rare Tiehm buckwheat.

The agency is hosting two public workshops to gather input surrounding the status of the Tiehm buckwheat and to discuss the possibility of adding the species to Nevada’s List of Fully Protected Species of Native Flora (pursuant to NAC 527.010):

When: April 3, 2020, from 1pm – 3pm
Where: Tonopah Convention Center (301 Brougher Ave., Tonopah)

When:
April 10, 2020, from 9am – 12pm
Where:
Richard H. Bryan Building, Tahoe Hearing Room located on the 2nd floor (901 S. Stewart St., Carson City). This workshop will also be video conferenced at the Grant Sawyer Building, Red Rock Conference Room (2080 E. Flamingo Rd, #319, Las Vegas).

INFORMATION: Call 775-684-2500.

SOURCE: Nevada Dept. of Conservation.

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