Petition to Bridget Fahey, Cindy Dohner
Protect the Venus Flytrap - Endangered Species Petition
Despite being well known, hugely popular, and widely cultivated, wild populations of the Venus flytrap have declined greatly in number and extent. This species only grows in one region -- the coastal plains of the Carolinas. Wild plants here are threatened by illegal poaching, development pressures, storm surges, and the loss of wet pine savanna habitats that are damp, open, and burn regularly. Given its declines and these direct and indirect threats to its persistence, we petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Venus Flytrap as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act.