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Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Following an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Endangered Species Act protection (see PDF) today for a rare wildflower found only in Santa Barbara County. The proposal to protect the Vandenberg monkeyflower results from a 2011 settlement with the Center to speed decisions on 757 imperiled plants and animals across the country. The proposal includes 5,785 acres of protected habitat. The beautiful yellow flower survives at only nine locations.