More than 50 rare plants and animals that have been found in South Carolina will be studied to see whether they warrant an extra level of protection from development and growth, federal wildlife officials announced today.
Business leaders were skeptical of the plan, saying the federal review could result in more restrictions on people seeking to develop property.
But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the review is warranted.
The Fish and Wildlife Service said 374 species of rare plants and animals in the Southeast will be part of the study.
It’s unlikely that all of the species would wind up on an Endangered Species list, but giving an animal or plant endangered species status provides protection that is intended to help them recover from habitat losses, overhunting and harvesting, and other factors.