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Beyond Wildlife: Why Endangered Species Law Also Applies to Plants

When most people think of endangered species law or species protection laws such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 or the Lacey Act of 1900, they often imagine iconic animals like bald eagles or tigers. However, these laws also extend to plants, including some of the world's most beautiful and rare species of orchids.

Protected orchids are just one example of plant species that are safeguarded by species protection laws. Once such orchid is the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera leucophaea) which is native to North America. Found prominently in the Midwest and Great Lakes region of the United States, it thrives in specific habitats like wet prairies and sedge meadows. Unfortunately, due to habitat loss, alteration, and other threats, the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid has become increasingly rare and is listed as threatened species. ESA listings come with certain prohibitions and conservation measures aimed at minimizing harm to listed species. These include restrictions on activities that could harm the plant or its habitat.

Navigating the complexities of endangered species law can be challenging, especially when it comes to importing or exporting protected plant species. That's where we come in. Our team can help guide you through the process of obtaining the necessary permits for importing or exporting protected plants. With our expertise, we can ensure that the plants you import or export are legally obtained and sustainably harvested, helping to protect these beautiful plants for generations to come and keeping you and your business compliant with any applicable laws.

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The Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act share a common objective of protecting and preserving wildlife, with the ESA specifically targeting endangered species and their habitats, while the Lacey Act focuses on preventing illegal trafficking and trade of protected species. Compliance with both acts is crucial for both individuals and businesses. Click here to read our article on the Endangered Species Act. Click here to read our article on the Lacey Act.

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