Special Concern Plants
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- Special Concern is a conservation classification that designates a species that is not yet threatened but may be in the near future either because there are so few of them or their habitat is threatened. Such a species may become a threatened or an endangered species because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats. Some species are of Special Concern because they are particularly susceptible to over-exploitation or environmental change. Many of these species are in areas that are experiencing rapid environmental change because of activities such as urbanization, land clearance, or dams. Species of Special Concern are usually covered by state laws.
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