RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there's enough scientific evidence that two rare plants in Nevada's desert could go extinct to warrant a year-long review of whether to list them as endangered species.
It includes one at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine 200 miles southeast of Reno.
Tiehm's buckwheat is found on just 10 acres of west-central Nevada and believed to exist nowhere else in the world.
The Fish and Wildlife Service also agreed the Las Vegas bearpoppy is threatened by habitat loss in southern Nevada due to urban sprawl and mining, as well as killer bees.